Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)


School of Education


Domestic violence is a widespread, gendered problem. Within Australia, the publication of statistical information points to increases in the incidence of this form of violence. Domestic violence literature focuses on prevention and understanding. There is a growing interest in the challenges and opportunities for women who choose to leave a violent relationship. There has been little attention, however, given to women who embark upon university study in the aftermath of domestic violence. This study comes at a time of heightened acknowledgement of violence against women, particularly the issue of domestic violence within Australia addressing a clear gap in the current literature.



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