Violence Against Young Women in Non-urban Areas of Australia: A Scoping Review
Young women (18 – 24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups.
The aim of this review was to map the breadth and nature of the “violence against women” literature particular to young non-urban Australian women and identify research gaps to inform future research with young people. Themes identified include prevalence and type of abuse, experiences and response to violence, and the consequences of abuse. There is limited research on violence against young women living in non-urban areas of Australia. Evidence to date consists of predominantly quantitative data generated from general population surveys. There is a lack of qualitative research on this topic, and the authors argue that more is needed to gain a better understanding of the violence that young women experience. Recommendations from the review include the need for improved service access, improved data collection on the prevalence of violence, and a focus on more research with young women in non-urban areas.
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