Dubbo Violence Prevention Collective is taking action against 'alarming' domestic violence statistics highlighting the Dubbo Regional local government area as a hotspot.
In 2020 the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) released data that showed the Dubbo Regional LGA ranked sixth out of 120 LGAs across NSW for domestic violence-related assaults per capita.
This was an improvement from 2019 where Dubbo Regional was ranked fourth.
In a statement, the DVPC said NSW police recorded 147,751 domestic violence-related incidents including personal violence offences, property offences, breach DV, AVO, DV no offence and other DV related offences in the 2019-2020 financial year alone.
Dubbo Violence Prevention Collective chair Angela Coker said the statistics showed the need for the community to come together and show solidarity in supporting individuals and families and promote that we all have a role to play in tackling domestic and family violence.
"Sadly, we all too often hear about horrific incidents of domestic violence in the news, and this is not acceptable," she said.
"Everyone should be able to live safely and happily in their own home, especially women and children."
The DVPC will be hosting a free ladies movie night at the Japanese Gardens in support of National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day.
The event is an opportunity to reflect and remember all victims of domestic abuse and for community members to express their belief that everyone has the right to be free from harm and to live without fear of violence or abuse especially at home.
Ms Coker said the movie night was an opportunity for women to not only come together for a fun night out but to have an opportunity to stand up and speak out against violence, letting those experiencing domestic or family violence in our community know that they would be believed and supported.
"Make a date with your friends to get together, connect, relax in a friendly, supportive environment and enjoy a well-deserved night out," she said.
The movie night will be held at the Japanese Gardens on Friday, May 7 from 5:30 pm. The featuring film is Ride Like A Girl.
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