Domestic Violence Figures Flawed; Crime Statistics Show That Assaults in Casino Have Dropped but Aggression at Home Still Rife

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Byline: Ava Benny-Morrison Reporter

DOMESTIC violence rates in Casino may look good on paper but in reality aindoor crimea is still rife in the town, according to a domestic violence advocate.

Sally Penhaligon, of the Northern Rivers domestic violence advocacy service in Casino, still sees a large number of women who are victims of violence and intimidation in their own homes.

The comment comes in response to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) statistics that place Richmond Valley Local Government Area (RVLGA) as having the 37th-highest incidence of domestic violence-related assault in NSW.

This is a significant change considering the area was number 10 on the list for the four years previous.

Ms Penhaligon said the considerable decrease was a surprise to domestic violence service providers in Casino.

aIt was discussed at a recent domestic violence liaison committee meeting in Casino and it had us mystified,a Ms Penhaligon said.

aWe are still seeing a large number of women presenting to the service for apprehended violence orders who are victims of violence and intimidation within their own homes as well as women who are being stalked by their ex-partners. …