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Resources by Topic: Abuse and violence

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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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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SOAR for Native Communities
Training module designed to help people serving indigenous populations to understand human trafficking and its impact on American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Includes resources relevant to indigenous populations and supports professionals in building trauma-informed and culturally appropriate interventions. Content is free with account creation.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health
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The Report of the 2019 Southern LGBTQ Health Survey
Results of a convenience sample of 5,617 respondents detailing their experiences of LGBTQ health and healthcare in the South. Features demographics and self-reported statistics on physical and mental health ratings, healthcare quality, abuse and violence, insurance, dental care, HIV diagnoses, and disparities in reported health ratings by urban or rural location.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Chase Harless, Megan Nanney, Austin H. Johnson, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative, Western North Carolina Community Health Services
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New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department: 2020-2024 Child & Family Services Plan
Discusses current and future collaborative efforts of New Mexico's (NM) Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) with Early Childhood Services (ECS), Juvenile Justice Services (JJS), Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and Protective Services (PS) to provide assistance to NM children and families. Addresses issues specific to rural areas, collaboration with tribes in the state, and coordination with the state Medicaid system for the behavioral and physical health needs of NM children, families, and youth.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department
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Violence Against Hospital Workers: Growing Awareness, Rural Interventions, and Why It Still Goes Unreported
Provides an overview of workplace violence in healthcare settings. Features rural hospitals in Oregon and Idaho that are undertaking a range of prevention activities addressing workplace violence. Also features research findings from a Michigan healthcare system study on the topic, and identifies resources and tools that rural hospital leaders can use to help protect hospital staff.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Critical Crossroads: Pediatric Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department: A Care Pathway Resource Toolkit
Toolkit designed to support hospitals that provide high-quality, effective emergency care to pediatric patients in psychiatric distress. Includes case stories from rural emergency departments in various states.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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Nursing Homes: Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse
Examines Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data on nursing home complaints and incidents. Addresses the process for reporting and investigating abuse, deficiencies in the process and actions for enforcing it, as well as data on abuse type (physical, mental/verbal, sexual), perpetrator type (staff, resident, other), and severity over time. Table 2 includes rural/urban data on nursing home abuse deficiencies.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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At the Front Lines in Tennessee: Rural Clinic Offers Trauma-Informed Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
Describes the work of a rural Tennessee physician who uses medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy sessions to treat patients struggling with substance use disorder. Explores the connection between adverse childhood experiences and substance abuse, and stigma associated with seeking treatment.
Author(s): Mariel Gingrich
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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