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Victoria making ground against domestic violence: Top homicide cop

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The state’s head of homicide says Victoria is making ground in its struggle to eradicate to domestic violence.

Speaking at the end of a week dominated by high-profile cases of men being accused of killing their partners, Detective Inspector Tim Day said the number of domestic-related murders were falling.

Asked by Neil Mitchell if Victoria is making making any ground against domestic violence, Mr Day responded: “I’ve got no doubt that we are.”

“If you look back to the 70s and the 80s, there were some that described the homicide squad as the domestic squad,” he said.

“The majority of homicide cases back then were domestic-related.

“If you look at the type of workload that we have now, there are far less homicides that we investigate overall compared to what we had in the 70s and 80s.

“I think that’s as a direct result of the police and community commitment to tackling domestic violence.”

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Meanwhile, Premier Daniel Andrews says the recent string of high-profile deaths, with alleged domestic violence links, shows there’s a long way to go to tackle the issue.

The coroner has called for police to review family violence deaths when there’s a known history of incidents.

Mr Andrews expects those recommendations to be implemented.

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