Region’s domestic violence shame

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Having a future free from violence and abuse is just one of the aims of national violence campaign White Ribbon Australia.

White Ribbon Day, which aims to prevent men's violence against women, was held on November 25.

Latest figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) reveal the number of recorded domestic violence related assaults in Western NSW from July 2016 to June 2017 was unacceptably high. BOCSAR records the number of incidents, the incident rate calculated per 100,000 of population and the town’s rank in NSW.

Walgett had the number one ranking in the state, with 129 incidences of DV in that period, at a rate of 1899.6.

There were 184 incidents of DV in the Bathurst Regional Local Government Area (LGA) during that year, at a rate of 435.7, ranking it 56 in the state. Blayney LGA had 14 incidents of DV, at a rate of 189.7, ranking it 121.

Bourke and Brewarrina had 83 and 51 DV incidents respectively. There were 143 DV incidents in Broken Hill during that year, at a rate of 758.4, ranking it 12 in the state.

Cobar had 43 DV incidents, at a rate of 864.3, with a rank of 7. There were 42 DV incidences in Coonamble, at a rate of 985.5, ranking it 5th in the state.

Cowra had 56 incidents, at a rate of 448.9, with a ranking of 53. Dubbo had an astounding 317 DV incidences with a rate of 755.9, ranking it 13.

There were 63 incidences in Forbes, at a rate of 645.9, ranking it 20, and Gilgandra had 44 incidents at a rate of 1007.3, ranking it 4th.

Narromine was ranked 15th with 50 incidences at a rate of 732.9. Orange had 259 incidences, at a rate of 619.5, ranking it 23rd. There were 130 DV incidences in Parkes 130, at a rate of 847.6, ranking it 8th.

Coming in at 9th in the state was Wellington with 76 DV incidences at a rate of 837.7.  Young had 65 incidences, at a rate of 516.4, ranking it 40th in the state.

A recent study by Flinders University found many rural, regional and remote women experience violence in their intimate relationship for a long period of time before accessing support services.

“Women from remote or regional share similar experiences to all women who face this issue, but they cope alone for long periods. Often a crisis is the catalyst for seeking help,” Professor Sarah Wendt, from Flinders University’s College of Education, Psychology and Social Work as lead author said. 

The paper, Seeking help for domestic and family violence: exploring regional, rural, and remote women’s coping experiences, was published by the Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) Horizon Research report earlier this year.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.