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Assaults against prison staff

Victorian prisons most violent in Australia, data shows - ABC News - 16 March 2015

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 Corrections Victoria.

"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."

Below is an extract from Report on Government Services 2017 - Volume C: Justice re Assaults in custody against other inmates and against prison staff: