Domestic violence (DV) service provision and the architecture of rural life: An Australian case study

Owen, Santi & Carrington, Kerry (2015) Domestic violence (DV) service provision and the architecture of rural life: An Australian case study. Journal of Rural Studies, 39, pp. 229-238.

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This article uses the concept of the architecture of rural life to analyse domestic violence service provision in rural Australia. What is distinctive about this architecture is that it polices the privacy of the rural family. A tight cloak of silence is carved around instances of domestic violence. Imagined threats to rural safety are seen as coming from outsiders (i.e. urban influences or Indigenous), not insiders within rural families. This article draws on key findings from a study conducted in rural New South Wales, Australia. The study interviewed 49 rural service providers working in human services and the criminal justice system. The application of architecture of rural life as a conceptual tool demonstrates challenges with service provision in a rural setting. The main results of this study found that this architecture operates as a silencing form of social control in three distinctive ways. Firstly, shame about being a victim of domestic violence encourages rural women's complicity in remaining silent. Secondly, family privacy maintains a veil of silence that accentuates rural women's social and economic dependency on men. Thirdly, community sanctions act as a deterrent to women seeking help.

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ID Code: 79685
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Rural Service Provision, Domestic Violence, Rural Social Order
DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.004
ISSN: 0743-0167
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Rural Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Rural Studies, Vol 39, 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.004
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2015 01:10
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:01

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