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Resources by Topic: Abuse and violence

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural Areas
Summary of a December 2017 Twitter chat focused on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the impact of these experiences on health and well-being into adulthood. Documents a conversation among rural health experts discussing what rural communities and healthcare providers can do to address ACEs.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Day in the Life of an APS Worker in Rural America
Details the experience of working as a state Adult Protective Service (APS) worker in West Virginia. Discusses some of the challenges of the job, both personally and professionally.
Author(s): Bill Benson
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Illicit Drug Use, Illicit Drug Use Disorders, and Drug Overdose Deaths in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas — United States
Reports on trends in illicit drug use, illicit drug use disorders, and overdose deaths in large metropolitan, small metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan areas, based on 2003–2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data and 1999–2015 National Vital Statistics System Mortality (NVSS-M) data. Includes metro/nonmetro illicit drug use data by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, and household income. Includes data on metro/nonmetro drug overdose deaths by sex, race/ethnicity, intent (unintentional, homicide, suicide, undetermined), and age group.
Author(s): Karin A. Mack, Christopher M. Jones, Michael F. Ballesteros
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(19), 1-12
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health
Highlights a western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin that are working to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Provides an overview of the impact ACEs have on health and provides data on ACE exposure among rural adults.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Intimate Partner Violence-Related Hospitalizations in Appalachia and the Non-Appalachian United States
Estimates and compares the rates of IPV-related hospitalizations in Appalachia and the non-Appalachian U.S. from 2007-2011. Examines rates based on rural and urban location, and several other clinical and sociodemographic measures.
Author(s): Danielle M. Davidov, Stephen M. Davis, Motao Zhu, et al.
Location: PLOS ONE, 12(9)
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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2017 Report on Disproportionality of Placements of Indian Children
Explains the concept of disproportionality in child welfare, paying particular attention to the overrepresentation of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in the child welfare and foster care systems. Discusses the problem at the national level, and also lists the top 15 U.S. states with the highest rates of disproportionality.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Child Welfare Association
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Disrespect of Our Elders: Elder Abuse in Indian Country
Recorded webinar discussing the different types of abuse inflicted on Native American elders. Identifies examples of physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual abuse, among others. Presents several resources for tribes to use in combating the problem and to aid healthcare providers in screening for abuse.
Additional links: Brief, Presentation Slides
Author(s): Jacque Gray
Date: 05/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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Rural Community Violence: An Untold Public Health Epidemic
Policy brief examining the prevalence and nature of violent crime in rural communities across the U.S. Discusses the problem in a public health context, seeking to draw attention to an often overlooked and misunderstood issue. Also provides a series of policy recommendations aimed at reducing violence in rural areas.
Author(s): Brandy Dawson
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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The HRSA Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence 2017-2020
Describes a framework to address intimate partner violence (IPV), such as IPV prevention tools, trainings, and technical assistance resources, including those relevant to rural populations.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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A Profile of Youth Poverty and Opportunity in Southwestern Minnesota
A study of the rates and impacts of youth poverty in rural Southwest Minnesota compared to other regions in the state. Includes data and statistics on income changes, educational opportunities, English as a second language in the communities, exposure to risk factors such as substance abuse and mental health, and county-by-county data on percent of children in poverty.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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