Domestic violence in Orana and Far West region five times the NSW rate

The Orana and Far West region has the worst record for domestic violence occasioning grievous bodily harm with a recorded rate that is five times the state average. 

The Dubbo local government area has double the NSW rate for domestic violence related assault; sexual assault; and indecent assault, acts of indecency and other sexual offences.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data shows a significant decline in domestic violence for the state.  

Dubbo’s domestic violence reports decreased from a high of 440 incidents in 2015, to 387 in the year to March 2018. 

There has been a significant increase in the number of sexual offences reported in Dubbo in the last four years in comparison with the long term average. 

It peaked in 2015 with 201 incidents while in the 12 months to March 2018, there were 196. 

A BOCSAR report looked at data from crime victim surveys carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics between 2008-09 and 2015-16, and found a significant drop in victimisation over the eight year period indicated there had been “a real change in the prevalence of domestic and family violence in NSW”.

“This government is tougher than ever on the criminals who perpetrate domestic and family violence and it is wonderful to see this decline in the number of victims, a reduction which has not been recorded elsewhere in Australia,” Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said. 

“There is always more work to do and we will continue to provide more support services and accommodation options for domestic and family violence victims.”

Police Minister Troy Grant said,“we’ve introduced Australia’s first dedicated police teams focused specifically on high-risk DV offenders, including in the far west of NSW, and body-worn cameras so police can record victim statements that can be used as evidence in court.”

“While I’m extremely pleased to see a downward trend in NSW’s DV rates, we know this is an under-reported crime and I urge victims to come forward and speak with police.”

Local services include Dubbo Domestic Violence Counselling Service, Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre Aboriginal Family Health and Dubbo Community Health Centre Sexual Assault Service.