A Boom for Whom? Exploring the Impacts of a Rapid Increase in the Male Population Upon Women’s Services in Darwin, Northern Territory

Gretchen Ennis, Matalena Tofa, Mary Finlayson, Julie U'Ren

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    Abstract

    A rapidly expanding natural-resource extraction industry and a growing military presence mean an increasingly male-skewed population for the city of Darwin, Australia. This has sparked concerns about the potential for increased violence against women. In this article, we present qualitative research detailing the views of 13 participants from 10 women’s support services in the Darwin area. We argue that women’s support services bear witness to and are tasked with responding to the impacts of population change on women, yet their work is undermined by uncertainties that stem from neoliberal funding rationales and limited demands on companies to address social issues.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)535-558
    Number of pages24
    JournalViolence Against Women
    Volume23
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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