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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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Australian women’s discursive constructions of the lived experiences of domestic violence

Background

One of the key difficulties of addressing domestic violence in the Australian context is that definitions of domestic violence vary considerably among stakeholders, including across support service providers. Another significant issue to consider in an Australia context is the high proportion of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people, who are often the subject of distorted and inflammatory domestic violence media coverage.

Aim

This project will focus on women’s experiences of domestic violence across a range of CALD populations, while also examining how the Australian media (re)constructs and shapes contemporary discourses of domestic violence.

Methods

This project employs a three-stage qualitative research design underpinned by the theoretical frameworks of intersectional feminism and post-structuralism. Foucauldian discourse analysis will be used to analyse data. Stage 1 will be a secondary analysis of newspaper texts. Stage 2 will involve conducting a series of one-to-one interviews with CALD women who have experienced domestic violence, particularly examining if and how their cultural identities have impacted on their experiences or their access to or uptake of domestic violence support services. Stage 3 will involve examining cultural sources of domestic violence information to understand how domestic violence is constructed among CALD communities.

Significance

It is expected that insights from this project will assist in the development of more targeted domestic violence programs in local communities and add to knowledge that aims to improve the content and diversity of media coverage of domestic violence.

Project start date

April 2020

Expected completion date

August 2024
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