Vi­o­lence re­ports on rise

WEST’S HOSPI­TALS LEAD WAY WITH IN­JURY DOC­U­MEN­TA­TION

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DO­MES­TIC vi­o­lence work­ers say the sever­ity of lo­cal women’s in­juries is wors­en­ing ev­ery year.

“We’re liken­ing it to fam­i­lies flee­ing war-torn coun­tries … the post-trau­matic stress,” Pen­rith Women’s Health Cen­tre man­ager Jane Gold said.

“It’s nearly like tor­ture and trauma – men­tal and phys­i­cal – for th­ese women and then their chil­dren.”

Ms Gold said more women were be­ing kept locked in their homes too.

“I lis­ten to my case work­ers here and they say it’s just get­ting more in­sid­i­ous,” she said.

“It is bikie in­volve­ment, drug lords – just heavy go­ing. Def­i­nitely we’ve seen a lot of cases com­ing through that are ice re­lated.”

Their ef­fort to pro­tect vic­tims is be­ing bol­stered with a NSW-first in­jury doc­u­men­ta­tion ser­vice of­fered only at Ne­pean, Mt Druitt and Black­town hospi­tals.

ERSK­INE PARK

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Dr Maria Nit­tis heads up the depart­ment over­see­ing Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal’s foren­sic med­i­cal unit, along­side those at Ne­pean and Black­town hospi­tals.

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