Spike in remote assaults in NT
Lex Hall; 7/1/10
Northern Territory police say it will take years before the full extent of child abuse in remote communities is known, as new crime figures reveal a spike in assaults in the isolated settlements. There were 1632 assaults in regional and remote communities in the 12 months to September, a 38 per cent increase on the previous year. However, the number of sex attacks over the same period has decreased by 32 per cent, according to quarterly crime statistics released yesterday. Assistant Commissioner Grahame Kelly attributed the spike in assaults to a greater police presence following the introduction of key measures, such as the Violent Crime Reduction Strategy in 2005 and the NT Emergency Response in 2007.