Density of liquor licences linked to domestic violence in NSW study

This is not surprising as people use alcohol as an excuse for D.V.

From the ABC:

Density of liquor licences linked to domestic violence in NSW study

Updated about an hour ago

Researchers have identified a “tipping point” linking rapid rises in the rate of domestic violence to the number of liquor outlets in an area.

A study by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics shows the frequency of domestic assaults jumps rapidly in local government areas where there are more than two hotels per 1,000 residents.

The statewide research also found that non-domestic assaults “increased markedly” in such areas, while violence was also linked to the number of other liquor outlets such as clubs.

Bureau director Dr Don Weatherburn said the study may help planning authorities, who receive many applications for additional liquor licences.

From the report:

Overall, the results of this investigation confirm that there is a relationship between the concentration of licensed premises in a particular area and levels of assault, even after controlling for other covariates.

Our work suggests that new hotel licences in areas where the concentration of hotels is already above two per 1,000 residents should be of particular concern to regulatory authorities.

Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

“Up to this stage they haven’t had a threshold. They’ve often come to the bureau and said, well is there a threshold number? Is there some kind of point at which it becomes a big problem?” he said.

“We haven’t known the answer to that question and now I think we’re starting to get and inkling of at what point you really need to think carefully about agreeing to handing out additional liquor licences.”

Dr Weatherburn said the relationship between violence and the density of liquor outlets was a complex one, but the big surprise was how rapidly assault rates rose once the critical threshold was reached.

“You’ve got a bit of tipping point there once you pass the two mark for hotels,” he said.

“That’s when your problems start to escalate.

“There are very few places in New South Wales that have more than that number.

“Most of them are located in country areas like Hay or Bourke or Harden or Bland, and these areas do have significant problems with alcohol-related violence.”

Dr Weatherburn said the research backed up similar findings in Victoria and would be presented at the Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference in Darling Harbour.


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