Ice, family violence link "not surprising"

The federal government is not surprised ice addicts are fuelling growing domestic violence cases. (AAP)

Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash says she's not surprised about claims ice addicts are fuelling growing domestic violence cases.

The federal government is not surprised ice addicts are contributing to growing domestic violence cases.

Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash, who has been helping on a national taskforce into the drug, says it's a concerning link.

"It stands to reason that the abuse of the drug would lead to domestic violence," she told ABC radio on Friday.

A day after the government pledged $100 million to tackle family abuse, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has called for mandatory jail minimums for dealers and makers.

The commissioner blames ice for the weekly domestic violence report he's been receiving because of the nature of the crimes.

"In the past three or four days alone ... we're talking everything from a lady who is heavily pregnant and gets savagely attacked, her throat cut and is deceased ... a 12-year-old child beaten to death," he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

Labor frontbencher Jason Clare believes the two social issues are related.

"If people are using this dangerous, terrible drug there's got to be an increased likelihood they are going to explode and hit the people they love," he said.

Senator Nash said the taskforce's report to inform the government's response to the ice scourge will be finalised in a matter of weeks.

It is expected to call for targeting addicts themselves with improved treatments, education and community support.

The minister said rehabilitation, education and support services were just as important as law enforcement.

"A bucket of money alone is not going to solve this," she said.

Senator Nash touched on the harrowing stories she heard of Australians affected by the drug during taskforce consultations.

They include that of a bright young woman who turned to prostitution to fuel her habit, a mining executive whose life spiralled out of control, to a respected entrepreneur who went from riches to rags.

"It has been devastating."

Mr Scipione said the ice suppliers are doing a lot of damage to society.

"This is a very serious situation and unfortunately we are going to continue to talk about it because there is no solution on the horizon," he told 2GB radio on Friday.

Source AAP

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