Violence reports on rise
WEST’S HOSPITALS LEAD WAY WITH INJURY DOCUMENTATION
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.
Dr Maria Nittis heads up the department overseeing Mt Druitt Hospital’s forensic medical unit, alongside those at Nepean and Blacktown hospitals.