Prison time does little to deter domestic violence perpetrators from re-offending, new research by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has revealed.
"We found no difference at all in the rate of re-offending, the rate of domestic violence re-offending between those who got a suspended sentence, that's the threat of imprisonment if they play up, and those who actually went to prison," BOCSAR director Dr Don Weatherburn said.
"In both groups, 20.3 per cent of them committed another domestic violence offence within 12 months."
The study compared more than 1,600 pairs of offenders, who were alike in as many ways as possible; socio-economic background, race, prior history and level of violence.
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