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.