LAST month 150 people in the Canobolas Local Area Command were victims of domestic violence, and that is a quiet month according to domestic violence liaison officer Senior Constable David Rees.
In the lead-up to Orange Domestic Violence Action Group’s (ODVAG) fundraising barbecue on Friday, Senior Constable Rees said domestic violence is everyone’s problem.
“There were 30 AVOs [apprehended violence orders] issued last month,” he said.
He said domestic violence often goes unreported, “especially in country areas where it’s taboo”.
ODVAG treasurer Anne Smart said Friday’s barbecue will help to raise awareness of the not-for-profit group that has been in operation for over 25 years.
Ms Smart said many people don’t realise that domestic violence is not just physical abuse.
It also includes sexual, psychological and emotional, financial and social abuse, as well as harassment and stalking.
“People don’t want to talk about it or don’t understand,” she said.
“Mental abuse is worse that physical abuse,” Senior constable Rees added.
“It takes an average of 15 to 20 times of being a victim of domestic violence to come into the police station,” he said.
Senior Constable Rees said threats are not just confined to the victim and often extend to children, family and pets.
Ms Smart said Friday’s barbecue will help raise funds to reprint booklets and wallet cards to help victims of domestic violence.
She said the group also raises awareness of domestic violence through events including White Ribbon Day, 16 Days of Activism and Reclaim the Night.
Come along for the barbecue on Friday from 9am to 2pm outside Ashcroft’s Supa IGA.
For help with domestic violence call Orange police on 6363 6399, Operation Courage on 6361 1056 during business hours or 24-hours on 1800 737 732.