Letter to the Editor - April 29: Disturbing crime stats

YOUR article about the crime statistics for 2013 and 14 (Coffs Coast Advocate, Saturday, April 18) highlights a worrying trend.

While other types of crime went down over the year, domestic violence, sexual and indecent assault increased by an alarming 60%.The NSW Shadow Police Minister's comment about a lack of meaningful employment being fundamental to this problem is simplistic.

Certainly, unemployment is a contributing factor, as is alcohol and drug consumption, but the major issue is gender inequality in our society.

Until this is addressed and corrected, we will continue to see women and girls abused, injured and killed by men. We need to reflect, as a community, and as individuals, on how we can turn this around.

Kathryn Halliwell



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