Beyond gender: Class, poverty and domestic violence


  • Susan Evans

Susan Evans, B.A (Hons), B.S.W, previously engaged in an Anti Violence Project in Sydney West Area Health Service and currently on a PRA scholarship at the University of Western Sydney studying for her PhD.


This article argues there is a need for a more encompassing understanding of the relationships between domestic violence and all forms of marginalisation in the Australian context. Specific attention will be given to the invisibility of class and poverty in contemporary discourse about domestic violence in the mainstream population. That there continues to be a higher prevalence of domestic violence, and more severe physical injury sustained as a result of domestic violence among population groups living with poverty, exposes the partiality of mainstream knowledges informing Australian domestic violence policy and practice. This article proposes prevention efforts must accommodate how class and the effects of poverty interlock with other aspects of social identity to shape the experience of domestic violence for people both victimised by, and perpetrating violence.