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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 1610 asked in the Legislative Council on 30 August 2018 by Hon Charles Smith

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Police
Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

(1) Can the Minister advise how many Domestic Violence Incident Reports (DVIR) were submitted by police in the previous 12 months?
(2) How many were linked to an assault offence with an identified person of interest?
(3) How many of the persons of interest were:
(a) male; and
(b) female?
(4) How many children were listed as 'victim' to those DVIR reports?

Answered on 18 October 2018

The Western Australian Police Force advised the following:

  1. From 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018, a total of 46 940 Family Violence Incident Reports (FVIR) were recorded.
  2. 15 331
  3. (a)9 773 (b)4 384 
  4. Of those FVIR, 1 539 children were recorded as victims.


Caveat: Data is provisional and subject to revision.



1.   Incidents of Family Violence (FVIRs) are included if a family relationship (FR) has been established between the parties involved (see note 5 for FR definition) and the incident was reported to or became known to police during the time period from 01 August 2017 to 31 July 2018.

2.   A general incident of Family Violence is considered to be an incident that does not include any valid offences.

3.   It is possible that a person could be identified and processed as an offender in the Incident Management System (IMS), without being recorded as a person of interest. In those instances, these offenders won’t be included in figures for answers (2) and (3).

4.   Figures in answer (3) exclude persons of interest if the gender is unknown or undetermined.

5.  On 1 July 2017, amendments to the Restraining Orders Act 1997 and to the WA Police Force family violence policy and procedures were implemented. In line with the legislation, all references to the term ‘domestic’ have been removed and replaced with the term ‘family’.

6 . A family relationship is defined for the purpose of recording incidents by the WA Police Force as:                                                                         

  • Immediate family, and can involve:
  • Partner / ex-partner
  • Parents
  • Guardians of children
  • Children who reside or regularly stay with involved parties
  • Extended family involves every other family or personal relationship which is not listed as immediate family.

7.  An act of family violence is defined, as per section 5A of the Restraining Orders Act 1997 (WA), as one of the following acts that a person commits against another person with whom he or she is in a family relationship – b) any other behaviour by the person that coerces or controls the family member or causes the member to be fearful.

8.  a) violence, or a threat of violence, by a person towards a family member of the person; or

     b) A child has been defined as a person aged 17 years or under at the time the incident occurred. If an occurred date has not been recorded, the age has been determined based on the date the incident was reported.

9.  Figures in answer 4 exclude victims if the age is unknown. 


Crime data was extracted from the Incident Management System (IMS) on 06 September 2018. 

General incident data was extracted from IMS on 21 September 2018.