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Senator Nova Peris today called for politics to be put aside and efforts be redoubled to tackle alcohol and violence problems in the Northern Territory.
'2013 was the most violent year in the Territory's history,' Ms Peris said. 'Most of the victims of the violence were women and most of them Aboriginal with the majority of the offenders under the influence of alcohol at the time. An Aboriginal woman is 80 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault in the Northern Territory,' Ms Peris said.
Senator Peris reiterated her call earlier in the year to reintroduce the Banned drinker's register (BDR) at the launch of the Australian Medical Association's Women's Health Policy to control alcohol at the point of sale.
Ms Peris pointed out that communities like Nhulunbuy on the Gove peninsula, where alcohol is still controlled electronically at the point of sale, had far fewer rates of domestic violence per capita than regions that do not.
Source: Katherine Times