TROUBLING FAMILY VIOLENCE LINK

Family violence rates have risen significantly in Western Australia's east Kimberley communities since cashless welfare cards were introduced in April 2016, seemingly contradicting a key defence of the controversial income-management system.

The Guardian has obtained police data under freedom of information laws that demonstrates domestic-related assaults and police-attended domestic violence reports increased in the communities of Wyndham and Kununurra since trials of the card, which quarantines 80% of a welfare recipients’ payment, began.