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

This state of knowledge paper examines research and literature on the effects of social and geographical isolation and remoteness on the ability of women to disclose, report, seek help, and receive appropriate interventions following domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault.

The paper outlines:

  • research findings on regional, rural and remote women’s experiences of domestic and family violence and sexual assault; and
  • the main approaches of service delivery for domestic and family violence and sexual assault, drawing on literature that describes service provision in regional, rural and remote Australia.

 

 

Publication details

This work is part of the ANROWS Landscapes series. ANROWS Landscapes (State of knowledge papers) are medium length papers that scope current knowledge on an issue related to violence against women and their children. Papers will draw on empirical research, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and/or practice knowledge.


Authors

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SARAH WENDT 
School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia.

PROFESSOR DONNA CHUNG
Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University.

DR ALISON ELDER
Research Associate, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LIA BRYANT
Acting Dean: Research and Research Education, University of South Australia.


ISBN: 978-0-9943199-8-2 (print) 978-0-9943199-9-9 (online)

35 pp.

Suggested citation

Wendt, S., Chung, D., Elder, A., & Bryant, L. (2015). Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women’s coping experiences: State of knowledge paper (ANROWS Landscapes, 04/2015). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

 

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