Roads to Nowhere? Mapping Violence Against Women Services

Maddy Coy, Liz Kelly, Joanne Foord, Janet Bowstead

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This article reports on two separate research projects that use mapping techniques, specifically Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to assess the spatial characteristics of access to specialized support services for women who have experienced domestic/sexual violence, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and sexual exploitation. In the first project, maps document the location of specialized violence against women (VAW) services across nations and regions of the United Kingdom, demonstrating many gaps in provision. In the second project, mapping techniques assess the distance and direction women traveled in their journeys to access specialized support services (specifically shelters) when escaping domestic violence. Policy outcomes and conclusions and possibilities for using GIS for feminist research on violence against women are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-425
Number of pages22
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2011


  • feminist geography
  • methodology
  • violence against women

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