Domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote communities An overview of key issues

Domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote communities An overview of key issues Report

  • Author(s): Campo, Monica, Tayton, Sarah
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Abstract: Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence. Women living in regional, rural and remote areas who experience domestic and family violence face specific issues related to their geographical location and the cultural and social characteristics of living in small communities. There is a common view in rural communities that "family problems" such as domestic and family violence are not talked about, which serves to silence women's experience of domestic and family violence and deter them from disclosing violence and abuse. Fear of stigma, shame, community gossip, and a lack of perpetrator accountability deter women from seeking help. A lack of privacy due to the high likelihood that police, health professionals and domestic and family violence workers know both the victim and perpetrator can inhibit women's willingness to use local services. Women who do seek help find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation, lack of transportation options and not having access to their own income.

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Campo, Monica, Tayton, Sarah, 2015, Domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote communities An overview of key issues, Report, viewed 15 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14671.

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