Despite the rates of domestic violence in the region considered to be 'stable', the Mudgee CWA Evening branch have decided to take a stand.
As part of their CWA of NSW Awareness Week (September 6-13) efforts, the evening ladies are not turning a blind eye, offering support and awareness for those experiencing violence in their home.
Statistics from the latest report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) revealed there were 172 'Domestic violence related assault' incidents reported to police in the last twelve months to June.
While the rates are considered to be 'stable', last year the Mid-Western Region Local Government Area (LGA) were ranked 23 out of 118 LGA's with populations greater than 3000, with the lowest rank in the previous five years at 51 in 2017.
'Simply not enough'
Despite there being various support networks available for domestic violence victims, Mudgee CWA Evening branch president, Kylie Orth said there simply isn't enough.
"This is something our members are passionate about raising awareness around and we're determined to get the message out that more needs to be done to increase support services, particularly in rural and regional areas," she said.
"More strategies and programs need to be implemented focused on prevention and rehabilitation of abusive behaviour.
We can all help make a difference by standing together and saying we're no longer going to accept this level of violence in our own towns and suburbs.Mudgee CWA Evening branch president, Kylie Orth
Partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, the CWA of NSW is calling for all levels of governments to recognise domestic violence as a national emergency.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one woman is killed every nine days and one man every 29 days by a partner. Meanwhile, the Australian Institute of Family Studies reveals that women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence.
"We want people to be aware this is an enormous issue in their community and to try to do something to help those living with violence, which is not acceptable in our society," Kylie said.
Where you can go
For those experiencing domestic violence in the region Mudgee Barnardos program manager Kate Cormie said they're always just a phone call or pop-in away.
"We support victims of domestic violence through all of our programs, whether it be family support, homelessness program, or reconnect for teenagers," Kate said.
"We also assist with housing, our highest priority for our homelessness program is for women with and without children escaping domestic violence.
Help can range from as little as some advice and information such as phone numbers, support lines, to providing accommodation.Mudgee Barnardos program manager, Kate Cormie
"We offer an after hours telephone support service. We can support people in violent situations after hours when statistics say that they are at their most vulnerable."
- If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for advice or support, this free, confidential service is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000, all incidents of violence should be reported. For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14.
- To contact Mudgee Barnardos, phone 02 5319 8100 or visit 117 Church Street, Mudgee.
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