Domestic Violence: Kyogle Top 20 Again; Worst in State Are Almost All in Rural and Regional Areas

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Byline: Kate O'Neill Reporter

KYOGLE is again one of the top 20 hotspots for domestic violence in NSW, according to the latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report.

There were 61 domestic assaults recorded in Kyogle in 2010, giving the town a rate 617.6 incidents per 100,000 population, more than 1.5 times the state average.

It's the third year running Kyogle has been in the top 20 domestic assault areas a it ranked sixth in 2008 and 10th in 2009.

The figures were included in a report that examined all domestic assaults recorded by NSW police between 2001 and 2009.

Over this period, the Richmond Valley ranked 15th for domestic violence incidents per head of population, Kyogle ranked 18th, Lismore 33rd and Tenterfield 44th. All were above the state average.

Byron and Ballina were below the state average, listed at 65th and 74th respectively.

Of the top 20 areas for domestic assault in NSW, 19 were in rural or regional areas.

Almost half (41%) of domestic assaults in NSW were alcohol related, and the rate of domestic violence for indigenous women was more than six times higher than for non-indigenous women. …

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