A NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research map highlighting Bowen and Glenroi as violence hot spots does not tell the whole story of domestic abuse in Orange.
Victims of domestic violence in parts of Orange are more likely to report the crime but it is happening everywhere according to Orange police crime manager detective inspector Denise Godden.
The map highlights areas near Glenroi Oval and the showground as having high density incidents of domestic violence related assaults.
“People who have accessed government services before are more likely to access, and know how to access services that can provide help and support,” she said.
“There is a social stigma on domestic violence.”
The bureau named an area bordered by Bathurst Road to the north, Blowes Road to the south, Edward Street to the west and Lone Pine Avenue to the east as one of the hardest hit for domestic violence related assaults.
Phillip Street in the north, Amaroo Crescent to the east, Bletchington Street to the south and the showground to the west was also an area of high density domestic assaults.
This is simply not an accurate reflection, Inspector Godden says.
She could not stress enough the importance of reporting domestic violence, even if a person must go against direct requests from loved ones.
“Today’s victim of domestic violence, could be tomorrow’s murder victim,” she said.
“I know it is hard and you might feel like you’re betraying your loved one but you must report it.”
She said police are often the first point of call and will help victims access support services but there are other options for people who do not feel comfortable calling the station.
Operation Courage members can help people find emergency accommodation, education, support groups and transport.
“It’s widespread in any community despite our best intentions, men and women suffer in silence rather than reporting.”
If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence contact Orange police station on 63636399 or Operation Courage on 6361 1056 or call the 24-hour free domestic violence helpline on 1800 656 463.
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