THE local branch is using Country Women's Association (CWA) awareness week to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence.
It's an issue that affects far too many women and sadly is more prevalent in regional and rural communities.
President Gnia Barnier said the Bathurst CWA wants to see a turnaround in the confronting statistics.
Members endorsed policy motions earlier this year that urged governments to consider domestic violence as a national emergency and called for the utilisation of existing research and implementation of relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors.
"This is something our members are passionate about raising awareness around and we're determined to get the message out that more needs to be done to increase support services - particularly in rural and regional areas - and implement strategies and programs focused on prevention and rehabilitation of abusive behaviour," Mrs Barnier said.
Bathurst CWA publicity officer Tracey Phillips said a display has been set up at Bathurst Library to help raise awareness, and it will remain in place until Monday.
"It's highlighting the work the Bathurst branch does in the community, with a focus on domestic violence," she said.
The CWA is also encouraging new members to join the branch, with Ms Phillips saying it provides women with friendships, teaches them new skills and helps them to give back to the community.
For more information about joining, contact the branch or visit the library.