NSW DV assaults expected to rise in summer

Jodie Stephens

NSW authorities have reminded victims of domestic and family violence that help is available ahead of an expected spike in domestic violence during the festive season.

The state's reported domestic violence incidents typically rise by about 35 per cent in December compared with the winter months and has been attributed to more socialising and drinking in the summer.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman on Tuesday said he wanted victims and survivors to speak out and seek help.

"There are frontline services ready, willing and able to support them," Mr Speakman told reporters in Sydney.

Mr Speakman also told perpetrators to seek help "because police will come knocking on your door" and urged neighbours, co-workers and loved ones to contact Crimestoppers with domestic violence concerns.

Jackie Fitzgerald from the state's Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research said there were more than 3000 domestic violence-related assaults in December 2018, compared without about 2000 a month during winter.

"While all forms of domestic violence assault increase over the summer months, we find larger than average increases in alcohol-related domestic violence, domestic violence occurring in the evening and overnight and domestic violence assaults occurring outdoors and in public places," she said.

"These findings are consistent with the increase being related to increased socialising and recreational activities."

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones said perpetrators had been put on notice that their behaviour wasn't acceptable.

"We'll be doing apprehended domestic violence order compliance checks, we'll be knocking on doors of the victims making sure they are safe, knocking on the perpetrators' doors as well, reminding them they are to be held accountable," Asst Commissioner Jones told reporters.

"The police are doing whatever we can to work with our government and non-government sources to assist."

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