Tweed AVO breach capital
TWEED Shire has the worst record in the region when it comes to breaches of apprehended domestic violence orders, according to the latest statistics.
In the year to September 2014, Tweed - and the Northern Rivers as a whole - had an above average number of breaches.
There were 274.6 breaches per 100,000 people in Tweed and 227 across the Northern Rivers.
The next highest was the Richmond Valley with 273 breaches per 100,000 people.
The state average was 178 per 100,000 people.
Tweed Shire has seen a 30% rise in AVO breaches every year over the last three years.
Tweed-Byron LAC acting crime manager Detective Sergeant Grant Erickson said an increase in domestic AVO breach reports should not deter victims from coming forward in the first place.
"It's something we encourage people to do," Det Sgt Erickson said.
"We have a proactive and a reactive approach and we have a dedicated domestic violence team."
Det Sgt Erickson said when an AVO was breached, the protected person should not hesitate to report it.
Recent Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures suggested domestic violence was on the rise in the Tweed, but police maintain this reflects an increased willingness for victims to report abuse.
Det Sgt Erickson said the team, who were finalists in last year's Sabine Altmann Memorial Award for NSW Police Domestic Violence Practitioner of the Year, were unavailable to comment as they were occupied in court with domestic violence matters.
In 2013, more than a third of the 25,535 ADVOS put in place in NSW were breached.
Two year AVO for ex
A Banora Point man was given a two-year domestic AVO for assaulting his former long-term partner, in October.
Tweed Heads Local Court heard that after she returned home late from a work function in March 2014, the man dragged her from her bed threw her against a wall and beat her.
Afterwards, the man harassed her at work and became aggressive about her spending time with friends.
In court, the woman appeared exhausted and dishevelled.
The man's lawyer argued she had "made up" the abuse.
Cases like this go before Tweed courts every week.
Phone 000 if you are in immediate danger or the Domestic Violence Line for help on 1800 656 463.
Tweed: 274.6 per 100,000 people (244 breaches)
Richmond Valley: 273.1 per 100,000 people (62 breaches)
Lismore: 224.8 (100 breaches)
Ballina: 197.5 (81 breaches)
Kyogle: 189.0 (18 breaches)
Byron: 174.4 (54 breaches)