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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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News and events

ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.

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About ANROWS

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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Resources

To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


FACT SHEET

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

This fact sheet explores regional, rural and remote women’s experiences in coping with and seeking help for domestic and family violence (DFV), as well as their experiences of social isolation.  

ANROWS identified that the DFV experiences of women living in social and geographical isolation are a priority topic for research. This fact sheet summarises the key findings of a qualitative research project led by Sarah Wendt on this topic that engaged with women in five different locations: Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, the Riverland and Whyalla, in South Australia; and Derby in Western Australia.

The resource translates findings from a project involving 40 women seeking help for domestic and family violence and 37 managers and practitioners providing support services: Seeking help for domestic and family violence: Exploring regional, rural and remote women’s coping experiences. The fact sheet covers:

  • Coping strategies used by women living in regional, rural, and remote places
  • Women’s experiences of seeking help from informal and formal supports
  • The impact of social and geographical isolation on women’s experiences of violence
  • Factors that impact domestic and family violence service provision
  • The benefit of the hub-and-spoke model as a strategy to support women in regional, rural and remote places.

 

 

Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2017). Seeking help for domestic and family violence: Exploring regional, rural, and remote women’s coping experiences [Fact sheet]. ANROWS.

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