Family violence costs $5.3b a year in Vic

Family violence in Victoria cost the government, businesses and the community $5.3 billion in 2015/16, a new report shows.

Family violence cost Victoria $5.3 billion in the last financial year, including more than $1 billion on police, legal and court costs, a new report shows.

The KPMG report prepared for the Victorian government estimates more than 160,000 people experienced family violence in 2015/16.

Premier Daniel Andrews says the report shows the financial cost of family violence but it can't measure the suffering of families who have lost lives.

"What it can't show us is the pain and suffering caused by the deaths every week of a woman killed at the hands of a current or former partner," he said on Friday.

"We just can't let this go on."

Family violence cost individuals an estimated at $2.6 billion, largely stemming from pain and suffering, physical and psychological health impacts and loss of income.

The state government spent an estimated $1.7 billion because of family violence, including $1.1 billion on justice services such as police and the courts.

Costs to the community and the economy were estimated at $918 million, including decreased consumer spending and the cost of staff absences.

A landmark $1.9 billion package to tackle family violence was announced earlier this month in the 2017/18 state budget.

Mr Andrews said Victoria is investing more than any other state to stop what he has called the biggest crisis facing Australia.

"The lives of Victorian women and their children are worth every dollar," he said.

Source AAP

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