THERE were 219 reported family violence cases in Frankston with an adolescent aggressor in the space of a year.
The 219 incidents involving a person under 18 years of age took place between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. The latest figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency revealed that there were a little under 153 cases of adolescent family violence per 100,000 people in the municipality.
CSA chief statistician Fiona Dowsley said that many of the aggressors had been exposed to family violence as a child.
“Our research found that over half of adolescent aggressors of family violence had prior contact with police as a witness or victim-survivor of a family violence incident, or with courts as a protected person on a Family Violence Intervention Order,” she said.
“These results provide further evidence to support that many adolescent aggressors of family violence were exposed to family violence as a child or young person.
“Exposure to family violence was also found to be significantly associated with family violence recidivism in adolescents.”
The number of adolescent family violence incidents recorded by police increased 11.8 per cent statewide in the last five years. Family violence incidents involving an adolescent aggressor accounted for 8.4 per cent of all family violence in the year analysed.