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Australia: Stop the circle of domestic violence, NSW Auditor-General says.

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Australia: Stop the circle of domestic violence, NSW Auditor-General says.

Source: Evelyn Yamine | The Daily Telegraph

More is needed to be done to stop domestic violence recurring and to encourage more victims to go to the police, the NSW Auditor-General said yesterday.

A snapshot of domestic and family violence released by Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat reveals almost half of the 92,215 victims and 81,772 offenders in 2010 had been involved in domestic violence incidents before.

The report shows 12 per cent of victims had been in domestic violence incidents five or more times and 16 per cent of offenders were also involved in five or more incidents.

"Organisations are not providing a response that works or lasts for many victims and perpetrators," Mr Achterstraat said.

He said limited funds were available and made recommendations for organisations, including police and Family and Community Services, to achieve a more coordinated approach.

"No single organisation can fix this," he said.