The collapse of Tasmania's forestry industry is being blamed for a spike in domestic violence.
The chairman of the national depression group beyondblue, Jeff Kennett, made the comment at a forum in Hobart last night with former Tasmanian Labor Premier Paul Lennon.
Mr Kennett told about 100 people gathered for the forum on the future of Tasmania that the forestry industry's woes were creating social problems.
The former Victorian Liberal Premier said there was no work for those leaving the industry.
"What we've seen in recent times which is a dramatic winding down of the timber industry, which may ultimately prove to deliver some very good benefits, but in the short term it's causing a great deal of pain to families," he said.
"More incidence of domestic violence etcetera."
Mr Kennett says he has anecdotal evidence through his role at beyondblue and from police.
Tasmania Police say figures show there was a decrease in family violence incidents from January to June.
Industry and environmental groups have less than a fortnight to strike a deal to reduce the amount of native forest logging in the state.
Mr Lennon has declared the forest peace deal "dead".
"If you think the deal's going to get done you're living in cloud cuckoo land," he said.
"There'll be no deal done, it just can't happen, the divergence of opinion is too great."
"We're in this forest debate right now because people thought it was a means to get a pulp mill but they learnt months and months ago now that it wasn't going to be.
"So the whole reason for having the debate has disappeared."