This book paints a picture about domestic violence in rural Australia, drawing on research that has been conducted over the last 2 decades as well as the authorâ€™s research in rural communities in South Australia.
It provides an analysis of how rural communities have been understood historically and examines social/cultural constructions of â€™rural cultureâ€™ overtime. Wendt draws heavily on womenâ€™s and human service workersâ€™ stories about their experiences of domestic violence in rural contexts to argue the importance of recognising local culture when forming community responses to domestic violence.
The stories show womenâ€™s creativity, agency, heartache, and survival when experiencing, coping with, and responding to domestic violence, and show why it is important to provide a complex analysis of the relations between gender, power, and â€˜rural cultureâ€™.
The book is written for those involved in social care practice in rural communities, policy development, and tertiary students.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why focus on Rural Domestic Violence
Rural Community Factors and Domestic Violence
Constructions of a â€™Rural Cultureâ€™
Local Culture and Domestic Violence
Implications for Human Services and Rural Communities