NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research Study: Most domestic violence offenders do not specialise in domestic violence

A new study by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that Domestic Violence (DV) offenders commit almost 2.5 times as many non-DV offences as DV offences. The study examined all 100,668 offenders convicted of a DV offence in a NSW court between 2008 and 2017.

Commenting on the findings, the Executive Director of BOCSAR, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that the study showed that measures taken to deter DV offenders may produce crime reduction benefits for other types of crime.

“The results suggest that domestic violence is in many cases just one manifestation of a general pattern of antisocial behaviour. We may need to look at treating the whole pattern, rather than just the domestic violence component of it,” he said.

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