THE number of women fleeing a violent partner who has a gun appears to be on the rise in Launceston, with a women's shelter reporting a worrying increase in the trend.
Magnolia Place chief executive Jenny, known only by her first name for safety reasons, said while the overall number of people approaching the shelter for assistance had not increased in the past year, a higher proportion reported their partner was armed.
"We have seen an increase in the number of women escaping violent partners (who had) firearms," she said.
"It's not a large percentage of people, but even if you have a couple it's quite worrying."
Under Tasmania's Safe at Home laws, a person's firearm licence is revoked when a family violence order is made against them.
However, Jenny said many women who sought crisis accommodation chose not to report the matter to police.
According to the Tasmania Police annual report, there were 2254 reported family violence incidents in the 12 months to June 30.
Police took 174 firearms from people on family violence orders in the first half of this year, 39 of which were from the North.
Opposition police spokeswoman Elise Archer said the reported increase in guns being present in family violence situations was very concerning.
"This is a very serious issue and it is imperative that Police Minister David O'Byrne ensures the police force is adequately resourced to deal with these types of incidents," Ms Archer said.
Gun crime has been prominent in Tasmania this year and police have conducted high-profile seizures of stolen and unregistered guns, despite a 35 per cent drop in random inspections.
Hobart Women's Shelter said it had not noticed a discernible increase in the number of women facing firearm threats.
Magnolia Place provided crisis accommodation to 106 women and 149 children last year, most of whom stayed at least six weeks.
Yesterday it signed a memorandum of understanding with government-run Family Violence Counselling and Support Services to ensure a more co-operative and streamlined provision of services.
Community Development Minister Cassy O'Connor visited the shelter yesterday and said family violence remained a "major issue of concern in Tasmania", despite the reforms of the Safe at Home laws.