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

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posted on 2023-05-19, 19:34 authored by Murray, L, Warr, D, Chen, J, Block, K, Murdolo, A, Quiazon, R, Davis, E, Vaughan, C
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.


Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Ltd


Publication title

Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography








Tasmanian School of Medicine



Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Women's and maternal health

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