People living in regional, rural and remote communities

Vic

  • Judicial College of Victoria, Family Violence Bench Book (2014).
    5.11 discusses the particular vulnerabilities faced by victims, unique patterns of family violence perpetrated, distinctive drivers of family violence, and unique barriers faced by victims in terms of reporting and accessing necessary services and assistance, which result from geographical location in which family violence is experienced.

WA

  • Department of Justice (WA), Equal Justice Bench Book (2nd edition September 2017).

    Note: Chapter 9 Regional and Remote WA is currently under review. Until revision is completed, the first edition chapter 9 applies. The following text is based on the first edition chapter.

    Section 9 focuses on ‘Regional and remote WA’. [9.4.7] ‘Family violence and sexual assault matters’ discusses the particular issues people in those areas face, including limited victim and offender programs, police officers knowing the parties involved, isolation, accessibility of firearms; and it identifies that Aboriginal and CALD people experience compounded isolation (language and cultural barriers; lack of interpreter services).

    Specific to perpetrators in regional and remote areas, the section also identify points to consider around the fact that accommodation for men is limited, and that ‘high levels of alcohol consumption and other drugs may exacerbate violent outbursts’. It goes on to note more general considerations for offenders in regional communities, such as lack of availability of certain penalties.

Canada

  • Neilson, Linda C, Domestic Violence Electronic Bench Book (National Judicial Institute, 2017).
    Section 8.8.3 recognises rurality as a risk factor, and notes that ‘it is important to take reduced access to support services and to policing in rural communities into account when assessing risk and responding with measures to enhance safety’.