When we tell people that we provide support to women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse at Mary’s House Services, we are often met with the same response “I didn’t think that domestic abuse and violence happened in this area?”.

Research shows that family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue in Australia occurring across all socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affecting women and children. The impacts of family, domestic and sexual violence can be serious and long-lasting, affecting an individual’s health, wellbeing, education, relationships and housing outcomes. 3 in 10 assault hospitalisations for people aged 15 and over are due to family and domestic violence.

Today, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) released its crime statistics report for up to June 2021. It supports the increasing need for our services for people impacted by domestic violence and abuse in all areas.

Of relevance is the incidents of reported domestic abuse from our local LGAs in the last 12 months. Noting that these are only reported incidents and do not capture the prevalence of non-physical abuse, such as coercive control, financial, emotional, verbal and social abuse of which we see regularly.

LGA Offence Number of incidents July 2020 – June 2021
 

Mosman

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       33

·       11

·       57

 

North Sydney

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       98

·       34

·       124

 

Northern Beaches

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       328

·       173

·       521

 

 

Willoughby

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       86

·       33

·       123

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