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Resources by Topic: Abuse and violence

Sex Trafficking and Substance Use: Identifying High-Priority Needs Within the Criminal Justice System
Summarizes proceedings from a workshop that examines the overlap of sex trafficking and substance use disorders (SUDs) to provide victim-centered and trauma-informed services. Discusses policies and stigma surrounding SUDs and the barriers for marginalized victims who try to access services. Provides commentary on the increased needs of rural and nonmetropolitan communities.
Author(s): Lynn Langton, Michael G. Planty, Duren Banks, et al.
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Experiences and Correlates of Violence Among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth: A Brief Report
Study examining experiences of violence and harassment within 6 months among American Indian youth based on survey data from 400 participants. Breaks down responses by type of interpersonal violence and victimization and self-reported mental health issues.
Author(s): Katie M. Edwards, Victoria L. Banyard, Leon Leader Charge, Laura M. Mercer Kollar, Beverly Fortson
Citation: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36, 23-24, 11808-11821
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
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Evidence Brief: Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence/Sexual Assault Among Veterans
Report details a study on the prevalence of intimate partner violence and sexual assault experienced by veterans. Breaks down data by type of abuse suffered, gender, and rurality, among other measures.
Additional links: Supplemental Materials
Author(s): Nicholas J. Parr, Sarah Young, Rachel Ward, Katherine Mackey
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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Examining Child Maltreatment Reports Using Linked County-Level Data
Report examining the insights that county-level data can provide on child maltreatment based on various national sources, including the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), the U.S. Census, and others. Investigates rural-specific data and rural/nonrural comparisons in associations between risk factors, report rates, child poverty, and child maltreatment.
Author(s): Brenda Smith, Qingyi Li, Kun Wang
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Mathematica, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Linking Administrative Data to Improve Understanding of Child Maltreatment Incidence and Related Risk and Protective Factors: A Feasibility Study
Examines the feasibility of linking data from local, state, and federal administrative agencies, such as child welfare, health, social service, education, and others, in order to produce new information on child maltreatment. Discusses rural-specific data concerns.
Author(s): Andrea Mraz Esposito, Claire Smither Wulsin, Leah Pranschke, Andrew Burwick, Rebekka Nickman
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Mathematica, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Episode 69: Engaging Indigenous Families and Communities
Podcast discusses the approaches tribal communities have taken to support Native families. Highlights strategies employed by caseworkers to address trauma-related child welfare issues. Features a discussion with representatives of the National Native Children's Trauma Center.
Additional links: Podcast Transcript
Date: 11/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Research Brief: LGBTQ Youth in Small Towns and Rural Areas
Reports findings of a national survey of LGBTQ youth comparing urban and rural responses related to mental health, risk of depression, and considered or attempted suicide. Discusses reported acceptance of LGBTQ people in different levels of urbanicity.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Trevor Project
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Homicides of American Indians/Alaska Natives — National Violent Death Reporting System, United States, 2003–2018
Examines homicides of American Indians/Alaska Natives. Provides data by victim and suspect sex, age group, race/ethnicity, method of injury, location where the homicide occurred, metropolitan status, events that contributed to the homicide, and other selected characteristics. Includes data on intimate partner violence-related homicides.
Author(s): Emiko Petrosky, Laura M. Mercer Kollar, Megan C. Kearns, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 70(8), 1-19
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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American Indian and Alaskan Native LGBT Adults in the US: LGBT Well-Being at the Intersection of Race
Report examining demographics, mental and physical health, and experiences with stress, stigma, and victimization among LGBT American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in the U.S. Analyzes data by gender, compares LGBT and non-LGBT AI/AN populations, and breaks down socioeconomic and health data by region. Draws data from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index Survey, the Generations Study, and the TransPop Study.
Author(s): Bianca D.M. Wilson, Lauren Bouton, Christy Mallory
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Williams Institute
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Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women: New Efforts Are Underway but Opportunities Exist to Improve the Federal Response
Report examining the data and jurisdictional challenges of addressing the missing or murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) crisis affecting American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Describes efforts on the part of the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to improve data collection and support tribal governments and law enforcement and offers policy recommendations to improve planning and continue these efforts.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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