A RISE in domestic violence assault statistics is not necessarily a bad thing, says Tweed-Byron crime manager Brendon Cullen.
In the March 2013 quarterly statistic updates released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed a rise off 46 more domestic violence assault reports compared to the same time last year.
"We take a zero tolerance to domestic violence," Detective Inspector Cullen said.
"We encourage the reporting of domestic violence because it is an under reported crime."
The crime manager said public awareness of domestic violence had increased and he believed it meant more people were reporting the crime rather than staying quiet.
"Domestic violence is a crime affecting our community," Det Insp Cullen said.
"There's always something to improve on in our local area and we will continue to do that.
"We are not driven by statistics.
"We're driven by reducing the amount of crime and the fear of crime."
Fraud was the only other statistic to rise in the quarterly update.
Insp Cullen said it was due to petrol drive offs in the area.
Earlier this year police started Operation Eten to reduce the growing problem in the area.