Cobar rates high for violence

Cobar has ranked as the sixth worst NSW town for domestic violence incidents according to the latest figures released by Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

According to the data there were 49 reported incidents of domestic violence related assault during the past 12 months in Cobar, 2.5 times the national average based on a population of around 5,000.

The rankings are based on the number of incidents compared to population.

Walgett topped the list with 160 incidents and a population of only 2,267.

However a number of small towns were not counted in the list due to a small population.

Western area local government areas including Bourke (121 incidents), Brewarrina (44 incidents) and Central Darling (86 incidents) were not included in the rankings due to their populations being under 3,000.

According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics, “rate calculations for these areas are very sensitive to small changes in population sizes and the number of incidents recorded”.

Other local government areas which rated in the top 10 included Bogan, Broken Hill, Coonamble, Forbes, Griffith, Moree Plains and Wellington.