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Black­town and Pen­rith are the worst lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas in NSW for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence-re­lated as­saults

In the 12 months to Septem­ber 2015, Black­town recorded 1932 in­ci­dents and Pen­rith 1027

Depart­ment head Dr Maria Nit­tis said: “We see 40-85 peo­ple a year – about 5 per cent are men – across the Ne­pean Blue Moun­tains and Western Syd­ney lo­cal health dis­tricts.”

A do­mes­tic vi­o­lence coun­sel­lor will soon join a team of doc­tors and nurses at Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal who help vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by record­ing and in­ter­pret­ing their phys­i­cal in­juries.

“There’s only three (of 55 foren­sic med­i­cal units within the state’s health dis­tricts) that take pho­tos rou­tinely – two are ours,” Dr Nit­tis said.

She said foren­sic medicine in NSW is di­vided into ser­vices pro­vided by health and ser­vices pro­vided by po­lice, lead­ing to vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence some­times fall­ing into the gap.

Her unit con­sists of four nurses with foren­sic train­ing, a pae­di­a­tri­cian, an emer­gency staff spe­cial­ist and an af­ter-hours doc­tor.

To­gether they pre­pare an ex­pert cer­tifi­cate doc­u­ment­ing a vic­tim’s in­juries which, if needed, can be used in court.

“We en­cour­age women to get their in­juries recorded even if they don’t want to take it fur­ther,” Ms Gold said. “Two months later, when they’re feel­ing safer, they might do so.” AL­MOST $30 mil­lion will be spent on up­grad­ing Ersk­ine Park Rd ahead of the open­ing of Badgerys Creek air­port.

The Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments have set aside $200 mil­lion for crit­i­cal roads in western Syd­ney, in­clud­ing ma­jor up­grades to ex­ist­ing roads and in­ter­sec­tions, new traf­fic lights and ad­di­tional ameni­ties for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

The Ersk­ine Park Rd-Pep­pertree Drive in­ter­sec­tion will be given a $11.3 mil­lion upgrade, and $7.5 mil­lion will be spent on a new sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tion at Ersk­ine Park Rd and Ben­nett Rd, and to build a four-lane dual car­riage­way and shared path.

A $6.9 mil­lion “seag­ull” in­ter­sec­tion (with free-flow­ing lanes) will be built at Ersk­ine Park Rd and Coon­awarra Drive, and $3.4 mil­lion will be spent on a sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tion at Ersk­ine Park Rd and Ex­plor­ers Way.

Western Syd­ney is ex­pected to grow by one mil­lion peo­ple in the next 20 years, so in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture was es­sen­tial, NSW Roads Min­is­ter Dun­can Gay said.

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