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Between ‘here’ and ‘there’: Violence against immigrant and refugee women in urban and rural Australia


Murray, L and Warr, D and Chen, J and Block, K and Murdolo, A and Quiazon, R and Davis, E and Vaughan, C, Between here' and there': Violence against immigrant and refugee women in urban and rural Australia, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 26, (1) pp. 91-110. ISSN 0966-369X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/0966369X.2018.1553862


The purpose of this article is to investigate how (dis)connection with place influences immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of family violence in regional/remote and metropolitan southern Australia. We draw on research from the ASPIRE project (Analysing Safety and Place in Refugee Experience) in the states of Victoria and Tasmania. A participatory research approach was used to interview immigrant and refugee women who had experienced violence, and providers of family violence services from eight locations in the two states. Both inner urban, regional and remote locations were included in the study. The findings present new insight into how geographic isolation and the scarcity of specialized services affected the experiences of immigrant and refugee women in regional/remote areas. Across all settings, participants described experiences of social isolation associated with both distance from community networks and being ostracized or seeking to avoid the proximity of perpetrators and their social networks. Notably, the experiences of women living in regional Tasmania and regional Victoria shared more similarities than did those of immigrant and refugee women in regional Victoria and inner-urban Melbourne despite the different legislative environments in the two states.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gender based violence, place, rural, immigrant, refugee
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Murray, L (Dr Linda Murray)
ID Code:127212
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2018-07-18
Last Modified:2020-05-22

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