Women’s experience of violence in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires.
Gender-based Violence and Disaster
Full Harvard Reference:
Parkinson, D. (2015). Women’s experience of violence in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires. A thesis submitted in Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Clayton: School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University.pp. 1-257.
This thesis interviews women about their experiences of domestic violence after the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. The scant research that exists internationally indicates that not only is the notion of ‘women and children first’ a myth, but that women are disproportionally affected by disasters primarily as a result of their poverty relative to men and prescribed gender roles. This research found that women experiencing increased male violence were silenced in preference of supporting suffering men – men who had been heroes in the fires or were traumatised or unemployed as a result of the disaster.