The Bayside Council local government area recorded 620 incidents of domestic violence in 2021.
Domestic violence has increased by 8.9% in the LGA between 2015 and 2020, according to figures provided by NSW Police.
In Mayor’s Minutes presented at the Bayside Council meeting this week, Mayor Dr Christine Curry called on Council to develop and implement an action plan to increase awareness and prevention of domestic, family and sexual violence.
She also called for the Board to mainstream gender equality and respect within the Board and the community.
Bayside Council will also remember residents lost to domestic and family violence by creating a memorial and support event.
“According to statistics provided by NSW Police, on average a woman is killed every week at the hands of a current or former partner,” Councilor Curry said.
“One in three women has been physically or sexually abused by someone she knows.
“One in four young people are willing to excuse violence from a partner. People from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds tend to misunderstand what domestic violence is and are unaware of their legal rights in this regard.
“NSW Police are also reporting that elder abuse is on the rise in Bayside,” said Cr Curry.
“Out of 132 local government areas in New South Wales, Bayside LGA is ranked 74, compared to other LGAs in southern Sydney, such as Georges-River (93) and Sutherland Shire (92).
“The cycle of domestic and family violence begins with disrespectful personal and/or family attitudes and behaviors.”
Cr Curry acknowledged the work the council is currently undertaking to address the issue of domestic violence.
His mayor’s minute was approved by the council.