Rural Women's Network produced this special 8-page booklet - Domestic violence: it can happen to anyone - to raise awareness of domestic violence and provide information on the services and resources currently available in this area. There is some great information for anyone impacted by domestic violence such as what to do if you're a victim or how to help a friend. The idea to produce this resource came from the women involved in RWN’s Rural Women Connect initiative (more details below).
Domestic violence takes many forms and can involve violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instil fear. It doesn't have to be physical abuse. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or other types of abuse. It can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location.
It is never too late to seek help. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can call the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling line on 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au
Rural Women Connect (RWConnect) provides a platform for women across our regions to share ideas, have a voice, and to provide feedback to improve the government's understanding of rural women's needs and how best to work together to address these. The initiative was developed to facilitate communications, needs identification, ideas generation and to help create new linkages to stakeholders and rural women across NSW rural, regional and remote communities.
Using the latest technology members of RWConnect link together via webinars to engage with other rural women, monitor and evaluate activities and keep informed of needs and ways to address these in innovative, effective and efficient ways.
RWConnect facilitates discussion and collect views, information and data on issues that affect the viability of rural and regional communities and farming enterprises. The information collected will be synthesised and shared with key stakeholder groups with the hope that it will enrich government policy making for rural, regional and remote NSW.
The first issue RWConnect focussed on was violence against women. They used a variety of mediums to gather feedback from women living in rural and remote communities in NSW to help us better understand current needs and suitability of services and support currently available. A feedback questionnaire was available online and at the 2013 NSW Rural Women's Gathering for women to provide their feedback.