Family violence is expected to peak over the Christmas holiday season, with police statistics showing that almost 10 per cent of incidents of abuse reported last year occurred in December. Of the 35,720 family incidents reported to Victoria Police in 2009, 3566 happened in the final month of the year. Since 2003 there have been 686 reported incidents on Christmas Day, with 975 reported incidents on New Year’s Day since 2004. In Bendigo, more than 30 women sought help because of domestic violence during the five days from Christmas Day.
From December 25 to December 30, Emergency Accommodation and Support Enterprise had 13 walk-ins who needed help and 21 police referrals. EASE chief executive Margaret Augerinos said although abuse occurred all year round for some woman and children, it was often exacerbated during the festive season, particularly when drugs and alcohol were consumed or custody issues not yet finalised.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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