The results of this study add depth of understanding to women’s lived experience of seeking help for DV in the ACT. 17 women aged 25-50years old tell their experiences of seeking help for Domestic violence.  Although there was diversity amongst the women, their stories brought up three common themes: 1- A spectrum of violence needs a spectrum of responses; 2- Responses need to ensure that victims feel protected not punished, and that perpetrators are held to account; 3- Help-seeking journeys change over time, so too do women’s needs. The findings echo that which has been documented in earlier research, policy reviews and consultations, while for the first time bringing ACT women’s voices to the discussion.

Hear me out – Women’s experiences of seeking help for domestic violence in the ACT

Hear me out – Women’s experiences of seeking help for domestic violence in the ACT