Jannine Jackson From Frontier Services Talks About Family Violence and The Bush At CXBanks

We are delighted to welcome Jannine Jackson National Director Frontier Services as a speaker at CXBank$ where we discuss the intersection of Domestic and Family Violence, Financial Abuse and Mental Health. The event will be broadcast ONLINE on World Mental Health Day, October 10. Tickets are Free. #cxbanks

Where do you go? Who do you tell? How can you leave with no economic means to do so?Jannine talks to the complex issues facing people in regional and remote towns, extreme weather events of drought, fire and flood, and a growing sense of social isolation, highlighting the desperate need for support services in the bush. She particularly discusses the current plight of the drought, financial worries and the impact of this on Domestic and Family Violence victims: 'There is no where to go when you are stuck on an isolated property. We need to start talking about everyone having their own bank accounts as in rural and remote communities lack of access to funds to actually leave is a real barrier to safety."

Frontier Services has been standing with people in the bush since 1912. An agency of the Uniting Church, the organisation was founded by John Flynn, the iconic Australian who graces our $20 note. Frontier Services funds a team of bush chaplains who are on-the-ground visiting remote properties and communities to lend an ear, offer a helping hand, and forge a caring connection. In many parts of Australia, Frontier Services are the only support service to visit. Frontier Services also administers the Outback Links program connecting city and corporate volunteers to people in the bush who need a practical hand up.

Key Facts:

  • Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence.

  • Women living in regional, rural and remote areas who experience domestic and family violence face specific issues related to their geographical location and the cultural and social characteristics of living in small communities.

  • There is a common view in rural communities that "family problems" such as domestic and family violence are not talked about, which serves to silence women's experience of domestic and family violence and deter them from disclosing violence and abuse.

  • Fear of stigma, shame, community gossip, and a lack of perpetrator accountability deter women from seeking help.

  • A lack of privacy due to the high likelihood that police, health professionals and domestic and family violence workers know both the victim and perpetrator can inhibit women's willingness to use local services.

  • Women who do seek help find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation, lack of transportation options and not having access to their own income.

About Janine Jackson

As national director of Frontier Services, Jannine is charged with growing and extending the support services the organisation provides to remote and regional Australian farmers, families, and communities.

Through her leadership of Frontier Services, Jannine is uniquely placed to share her insights about the social fabric of remote communities, the challenges of social isolation, and the vital need for support services and human connections.

Jannine Jackson is known for being a fundraising innovator and a community-capacity builder. Her career spans 16 years in the NFP health, community services and support sectors.

She has held senior leadership positions at the McGrath Foundation, Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW, the Australian Red Cross, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Mission Australia.

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