When you’re in the zone, do you want to know what the neighbours are saying?
Posted April 13, 2020 14:29:46 The most recent data shows a surge in the number of complaints from residents of the outer Melbourne suburbs of Port Phillip, Port Melbourne and Parramatta, which are also home to the nation’s largest concentration of superannuation funds.
The number of people in the outer metropolitan Melbourne suburbs reporting being bullied or harassed has jumped by about 20 per cent over the past three months, with a significant rise in complaints lodged by those living in Port Phillip and Port Melbourne.
Key points:A new report shows there are more complaints lodged in inner suburbs compared to outer suburbsThe data shows Port Phillip residents are more likely to have been the target of abuse compared to the suburbsThe suburb is also home the largest concentration, of super fundsThe number in Port Melbourne increased by 20 per in the past month while Port Phillip has seen a 20 per increase over the same period.
A new study by the National Association of Superannuation Funds (NATSFA) shows inner suburbs are also experiencing a rise in incidents of bullying and harassment.
It is an issue that has been widely reported across the country.
A report from the Australian Crime Commission last year found the number and rate of reported incidents in inner Melbourne suburbs was up by more than 70 per cent in the year to April.
While the figures are still lower than inner cities like Melbourne and Brisbane, the report found that they were much higher than the rate of incidents in the rest of the country and also included incidents in suburbs like Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
It said the inner suburbs had a “very high” rate of bullying incidents, with one in three reported incidents involving a “serious physical assault or threats to kill or seriously injure a person”.
It is also a concern that the number reported incidents have risen from just a handful in 2016 to more than 400 in 2017.
The new report from NATSFA shows the inner metropolitan areas are home to more cases of bullying.
The figures show the number in the inner Melbourne metropolitan region rose by about 70 per over the last three months.
The average number of incidents was about five a day in the two months to April, compared to about two a day during the same time last year.
In Port Phillip there were about 30 incidents a day compared to just three in the previous three months and in Port Victoria there were just six incidents a week.
“This is not surprising given the high levels of violence in the suburbs,” Mr Pritchard said.
“They are a very violent place and there is a lot of anger and resentment towards people living in the urban inner city.”
He said the number one concern was bullying and the most commonly reported reason for a complaint was “an unreasonable demand” or “an unfair price”.
“We have seen people get in trouble for not obeying certain orders and that is why we have had to tighten up our supervision regime and our supervision laws,” Mr Cuthbertson said.’
A real risk’A senior police officer who works in Port Philip said there was a real risk that people were being “bullied” or intimidated by neighbours.
“I can’t remember an instance where it’s happened in the last year and a half, it’s been about 10 years,” he said.
Mr Pritchel said it was important for people to be vigilant when they visited the inner city.
“We want to ensure that people are coming into the inner-metropolitan areas from out of town, that they are not being intimidated or bullied, they are being respectful,” he added.
“That is really important, because it’s not just the people that are the problem.
It’s also the communities that are suffering.”
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