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

Project Summary

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

This study engages 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 will gain insights into women’s help seeking behaviour and coping mechanisms. The project will also examine 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.

Publications

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

Presentations

ANROWS Inaugural National Research Conference 2016

Download presentation slides.pdf (1.95 MB)

Estimated end date: 
This project is due to be completed in April 2017.

Budget

$210,000 (approx.)