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Resources by Topic: Abuse and violence

"It's on Us": Healthcare's Unique Position in the Response to Human Trafficking
Provides an overview of human trafficking and explains the role healthcare providers can play in addressing this issue in rural communities. Features a rural hospital CEO, a State Office of Rural Health (SORH) director, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and a Safe Harbor Regional Navigator sharing their experiences combating human trafficking.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Privacy, Confidentiality and Privileged Communications: Keystones to Safety - A Guidebook for Advocates and Survivors of Battering or Domestic Violence in Native Communities
Provides guidance and best practices for programs providing shelter or advocacy for Native American women who have been the victim of domestic violence. Defines privacy and confidentiality and discusses implementation of privacy and confidentiality policies.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
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Indian Health Service - COVID-19 Webinar Recordings
Features a number of webinar recordings of Indian Health Service trainings related to COVID-19. Discusses issues such as emotional well-being, domestic violence, and telebehavioral health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Mitigating COVID-19's Rural Impact on Families At-Risk for Violence and Child Maltreatment and Neglect
Discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 physical distancing measures on rural children experiencing maltreatment and those living in situations of intimate partner violence. Describes how rural communities and providers can help through community awareness efforts and changes to screening and other service delivery approaches.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Responding to Child Abuse During a Pandemic
Tips to help multi-disciplinary teams respond to cases of child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has the potential to increase child abuse. Includes some information specific to rural communities.
Author(s): Victor I. Vieth, Robert J. Peters, Tyler Counsil, et al.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Zero Abuse Project
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Health Status Profile of American Indians in Arizona 2018 Data Book
Provides detailed data on Native Americans in Arizona. Covers sociodemographics, healthcare use, mortality by age and for different causes such as diabetes, and maternal and newborn health factors. Presents data by tribe and by select county for Native populations residing off-reservation.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Health Services
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Child Maltreatment 2018
Reports on children who received a child protective services, children who died of abuse and neglect, and children who are victims of maltreatment on the national level using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Provides comments regarding the availability and access to child protective services in rural areas of Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, and North Dakota, and how some counties respond to child abuse and neglect screenings, referrals, and the provision of services.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Pennsylvania
Presents an overview of child sexual abuse and exploitation in Pennsylvania. Highlights specific issues in rural areas and compares rural and urban areas in the state. Details conclusions and makes policy recommendations.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Sarah A. Font, Sheridan Miyamoto, Casey N. Pinto
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Development and Early Outcomes of the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative, North Carolina
Examines the work of a rural North Carolina community group dedicated to promoting health and resiliency on the local level, by preventing childhood trauma and helping adults who had adverse childhood experiences. Describes their organizing model, including goals of raising awareness, using data to inform actions, and creating context for health families through policies.
Author(s): Tim Marema, Erin Bouldin
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 2(1), 41-46
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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Indian Health Service Has Strengthened Patient Protection Policies but Must Fully Integrate Them into Practice and Organizational Culture
Explores and evaluates the current patient protection policies of the Indian Health Service (IHS) and makes recommendations. Focuses on the IHS policies implemented to prevent child sexual abuse by providers and staff.
Author(s): Joanne M. Chiedi
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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