Same sex domestic violence in rural areas

The patterns, effects and impacts of same sex domestic violence in rural, regional and remote areas share many similarities to metropolitan areas. However there are a number of factors that are unique to the experience of domestic violence in rural areas, including:

  • There may be few support or legal services available in the local area.
  • It may be difficult to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
  • Physical isolation may make it difficult to contact friends, family, neighbours or services.
  • The greater chance that someone seeking help may encounter homophobia
    or discrimination from services.

There are a number of strategies that someone experiencing domestic violence in rural areas can use to make seeking help easier,  They include:

  • Developing a comprehensive Crisis Plan (see 'If you are experiencing domestic violence - planning ahead' section of this website).
  • Seeking the support of a few trusted friends or services, even if they are outside the area.
  • Seeking services in neighbouring towns or regional centres.
  • Talking with state-wide services, eg the Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63).
  • Accessing services and information via the internet.