Orange's rate of domestic violence is twice as high as the NSW average, but one group is seeing a small silver lining to higher numbers of violence reported which it hopes become bigger steps in the fight against domestic abuse.
The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research's quarterly report, released last week, showed crime figures over the past year.
While figures for domestic violence and assault aren't as high as break and enters into dwellings and vehicles, those numbers were still nearly double the state average for the 12 months leading to March 2019.
Orange police recorded 71 cases of sexual assault over the period at a rate 2.3 times higher than the state average Local Government Area per 100,000 people.
High rates of domestic violence means people are reporting it and that's good, we want people to report it.Housing Plus director of community services Penny Dordoy
Indecent assaults, acts of indecency and other sexual offences, which are all grouped under one banner, had 83 recorded instances in Orange which is 1.9 times higher than the NSW median.
Numbers for assault were much higher, with 266 cases of domestic violence assault recorded by police and 241 cases of non-domestic violence related cases of assault recorded.
Those numbers are 1.7 and 1.5 times higher than the state average respectively.
None of these had significant trend changes compared to the previous 12 month period from March 2017 to March 2018, with all assault, domestic violence, sexual assault and other sexual offences considered "stable" in terms of numbers reported.
Housing Plus director of community services Penny Dordoy said high figures for domestic violence had a silver lining as it meant people were increasingly reporting the under-reported crime.
"High rates of domestic violence means people are reporting it and that's good, we want people to report it," she said.
"Because the stats are high, everyone knows someone who's experienced it, and most often you know someone who's perpetrated it, it affects everybody."
The statistics will go up in the short term but Ms Dordoy said various strategies were being employed by Housing Plus and police, combined with the reporting of it, would lower domestic violence long-term.
However, she added a societal attitude shift would make the greatest difference.
"The majority of men are good men, but sometimes they can make jokes that are inappropriate or help continue that attitude and we know not all of them will go home and use violence, it helps perpetrate the attitude," Ms Dordoy said.
Central West Police District inspector Peter Atkins said significant police resources were devoted to domestic violence, and police had programs and officers in place to help arrest and charge perpetrators.
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