Victoria has the most violent prisons in
Australia, with a prison officer assaulted every three days, figures
obtained by the ABC have revealed.
The Department of Justice data also showed
inmate fights were a daily occurrence.
Commonwealth Public Sector Union secretary
Karen Batt said the attacks were vicious.
"We have had assaults where prisoners have put
billiard balls in a sock and hit prison officers in the head," Ms Batt said.
"We've had fractured eye sockets, we've had
people hit over the back of the head with a billiard cue."
One prison officer detailed some of the
attacks, but asked the ABC not to identify him for fear of reprisals from
"I've seen prisoners attack officers with
chairs and tree branches," he said.
"It's only a matter of time before a prison
officer dies in a prison. We've been extremely lucky up until now."