MEN and women are more likely to be assaulted in a WA mining town than in regional towns with more diversified industry.

The research by Curtin University found women in 20 regional towns where mining was the primary source of employment were 64 per cent more likely to face assault, either from a partner, family member or member of the general public than in other regional centres.

This includes a 136 per cent increased risk of sexual assault.

The study compared locales such as Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Meekatharra, Port Hedland and Roebourne with 115 rural non-mining towns, accounting for most of rural WA’s estimated 750,000 people.

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