By April Stons
In Australia around one in three women have experienced physical violence, and almost one in five have experience sexual violence since the age of 15.
In NSW women are statistically proven to be safer than women in other states as 2.7% of NSW women reported an incident of physical assault in the 12 months prior to the survey compared to 4.3% of Australian women, according to 2010-11 data.
However, the rates of domestic violence or child sexual assault have risen dramatically over a 5 year period in NSW alone.
NSW Criminal Courts Statistics 2015
In rural and remote areas of NSW we see even higher rates of violence and assault than in metropolitan areas.
Orange in NSW has a domestic violence rate is twice that of the state with 299 assaults in the 12 months before September 2014. Orange has seen the domestic violence rate rise consistently for the last five years, according to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research director Don Weatherburn.
Orange Violence, 2MCE News
With the Orange district being currently ranked second highest in Western NSW for incidents of domestic violence, the city council has developed Operation Courage, a community partnership with the local Crisis Accommodation Network.
It involves a crisis accommodation model, designed in consultation with domestic violence network members, health and community service providers, local government and government departments to meet the needs, preferences and safety concerns of women and their children experiencing domestic violence in Orange, NSW.
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