National Rural Women’s Coalition Health and Wellness Roundtable on family violence

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

NRHA Council member and Chair of Friends of the Alliance, Pauline Glover, attended a Health and Wellness Roundtable hosted by the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) on 2-3 March in Adelaide, SA. The Roundtable brought together a diverse group of informed rural women from all parts of Australia to examine what additional support can be provided to rural and remote women who experience family violence.

The organisations represented at the meeting included: the Australian Local Government Women’s Association; Economic Security4Women; Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community; Australian Women Against Violence Alliance; The Country Women’s Association Australia; Australian Women in Agriculture; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance; National Rural Health Alliance; Equality Rights Alliance and the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

One in three Australian women experience physical violence after the age of 15 and almost one in five experience sexual violence. Those at the meeting agreed it is time for that to change for all women, including those who live rurally and remotely. Women were asked to share their experiences and make recommendations on the matter.

To read the report and the recommendations made on a range of family violence issues for rural women, go to - If we say Domestic Violence is Hidden, which it is…it is a Hidden Disaster in Rural Areas.