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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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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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RP.14.04

Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women’s coping experiences

Completed
August 2017

Little is known about how social and geographical isolation shape women’s coping abilities and domestic violence service provision.


This study engaged with five different types of social and geographical locations at sites in South Australia and Western Australia to explore how isolation impacts on different women’s abilities to seek assistance and cope with experiences of domestic violence.

Using a qualitative design this project gained insights into women’s help seeking behaviour and coping mechanisms. The project also examined how workforce, resources, and contextual factors impact on service provision in rural and remote regions. The findings of this project will enhance service provision for local communities but also serve as a platform to develop knowledge more broadly about what support, information and services are most effective in helping women living in isolation.


Researchers

Principal chief investigator:

Dr Sarah Wendt, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, and affiliation with the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia.

Chief investigators

Professor Donna Chung, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University.

Dr Antonia Hendrick, Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University.

Dr Alison Elder, Research Associate, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia.

Angela Hartwig, University Associate at Curtin University and CEO of the Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services in Western Australia.

Research partners / team members:

Centacare South Australia; Department of Child Protection, Western Australia; Aboriginal Family Law Services, Western Australia; and Anglicare Western Australia.


Presentations

ANROWS Inaugural National Research Conference 2016





slides

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Research summary

Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women’s coping experiences: Key findings and future directions

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Research report

Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women’s coping experiences: Final report

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State of knowledge

Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women's coping experiences: State of knowledge paper

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Fact sheet

Seeking help for domestic and family violence: Exploring regional, rural, and remote women’s coping experiences. Fact sheet

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Budget

$210,000 (approx.)

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2014 core grant round.

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