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Violence and Abuse in Rural America Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Violence and Abuse in Rural America.

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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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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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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Bringing Law and Medicine Together to Help Rural Patients
Describes how medical-legal partnerships can help address patients' health-harming legal needs. Features rural medical-legal partnerships in Minnesota and Illinois.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Elder Mistreatment in Underserved Populations: Opportunities and Challenges to Developing a Contemporary Program of Research
Explores gaps in current knowledge, identifies barriers that have slowed progress in research, and offers recommendations to advance the field.
Author(s): Lori L. Jervis, Sherry Hamby, Scott R. Beach, et al.
Location: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 28(4-5), 301-319
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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Violent Victimization and Substance Dependency: Comparing Rural Incarcerated Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Women
Reports findings from a study of rural Appalachian women prisoners that looked at sexual identity and violent victimization experiences as they relate to alcohol and drug use.
Author(s): Melanie D. Otis, Carrie B. Oser, Michele Staton-Tindall
Location: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 16(1-2), 176-201
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2011–2012
A chartbook providing data from the National Survey of Children’s Health demonstrating the health and well-being of children, as well as the family environment and the characteristics of the community that affect rural children and their families.
Additional links: PDF version
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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Intimate Partner Violence in Rural America
Discusses the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural America. Presents recommendations regarding access and barriers to healthcare, IPV in rural versus urban communities, and rural poverty.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Eight Step Advocacy Plan for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors of Sexual Assault
Guide for rural sexual assault advocates, with information on providing appropriate services and identifying accommodations in services and changes in technology.
Author(s): Leah Green, Petty Chicoine, Stephanie Mathis Jennifer Upah-Kyes
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Resource Sharing Project
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Sexual Violence in the Backlands: Toward a Macro-Level Understanding of Rural Sex Crimes
A statistical analysis of sex crimes in rural communities, with a focus on rural-urban difference. Includes socio-economic indicators and how they impact the rate of victimization among children, familial assault, alcohol induced crimes, and violent/anonymous assault.
Author(s): Jeremy Braithwaite
Location: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 27(5), 496-523
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008-2012
Report on the impact of poverty level on victims of violent crime. Includes data and statistics for rate of violent crime, demographics, location of residence (including rural), and region of the country.
Author(s): Erika Harrell, Lynn Langton, Marcus Berzofsky, Lance Couzens, and Hope Smiley-McDonald
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Justice
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Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive
Reports on the current epidemic of American Indian and Alaskan Native children's exposure to violence, and offers policy recommendations to the Attorney General on ways to address the issues.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Justice
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The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook
Updates information presented in Health, United States, 2001: With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Highlights current trends and disparities across different levels of metro and nonmetropolitan counties including population characteristics; health-related behaviors and risk factors; mortality rates; healthcare access and use; and other health measures such as teen birth rates, tooth loss, and activity limitations due to chronic disease. Individual data tables are available in an Excel file.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Alana Knudson, Tess Gilbert, et al.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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A Roadmap to Making Native America Safer
A report to the President and Congress detailing the challenges of jurisdiction, law enforcement, and prosecution for tribal governments. Includes a discussion of the need for intergovernmental cooperation, alternative detention options, and juvenile justice preventions.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Law and Order Commission
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Rural Survivors & Economic Security
Policy brief focusing on the impact of rurality on the economic security of and ability to access resources by victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Includes statistics and data for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties, Frontier and Remote (FAR) zip-code areas, poverty levels, access to transportation and safe housing, reporting rates, and more.
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wider Opportunities for Women
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Rural Domestic and Sexual Abuse Program Advocates: Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Survivors of Abuse
An overview of abuse in later life and step-by-step instructions to designing services for older victims. Includes a section on outreach in rural communities and coordinated care efforts.
Author(s): Ann Turner
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
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Victimizations Not Reported to Police, 2006-2010
Summary of a survey from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding the reported versus unreported cases of victimization across the country. Includes violent and non-violent crime as well as rural and urban statistics.
Author(s): Lynn Langton, Marcus Berzofsky, Christopher Krebs, Hope Smiley-McDonald
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Justice
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Perceptions and Observations of County Crime and Disorder Among Small Sheriffs’ Agencies in Suburban and Rural America
A discussion of law enforcement agencies and the need to deal with public perception of crimes committed and locally-observed crime patterns in a way that resonates with their community's population and understanding. Includes comparison among rural, suburban, and urban agencies.
Author(s): Joseph B. Kuhns, Kristie R. Blevins, Lauren A. Austin
Location: Journal of Law Enforcement, 2(6)
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools
A report compiled by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) that examines safety, harassment and assault of LGBT students in rural schools based on data collected in the GLSEN's National School Climate Survey (2010-2011). Includes demographics broken down by gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, region, school type, and school size.
Author(s): Neal A. Palmer, Joseph G. Kosciw, Mark J. Bartkiewicz
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Rural Disparity in Domestic Violence Prevalence and Access to Resources
A study of the impact of geographic location on prevalence, frequency, and severity of Intimate Partner Violence, as well as access to resources for victims in rural communities. Includes data and statistics for each category, with comparison to urban counterparts.
Author(s): Corinne Peek-Asa, Anne Wallis, Karisa Harland, et al.
Location: Journal of Women's Health, 20(11), 1743-1749
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
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Perspectives on Civil Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases: The Rural and Urban Divide
Discusses the barriers to getting restraining orders for rural and urban domestic violence victims.
Author(s): Nikki Hawkins
Location: NIJ Journal, 266
Date: 05/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Justice
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Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4)
Report to Congress regarding the rate of child abuse and neglect nationwide. Includes data and statistics of distribution of abuse and neglect by demographics, income and education level, perpetrator characteristics, and geographic location. Also includes resources to recognize and find treatment for victims.
Author(s): Andrea J. Sedlak, Jane Mettenburg, Monica Basena, et al.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Stopping the Stigma: Changing Public Perceptions of Sexual Assault in Rural Communities
A guide produced to help sexual assault service providers in rural California connect with supporting community organizations. Outlines challenges faced in rural areas and strategies to achieve successful partnerships with each group.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
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Out-of-Home Care by State and Place: Higher Placement Rates for Children in Some Remote Rural Places
Out-of-home placement of children due to abuse or neglect, with data by metropolitan/urban, adjacent nonmetro, or remote rural status for the nation, regions, and states.
Author(s): Marybeth J. Mattingly, Melissa Wells, Michael Dineen
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Rural Families with a Child Abuse Report are More Likely Headed by a Single Parent and Endure Economic and Family Stress
An analysis of child maltreatment in both rural and urban areas with a focus on rural families.
Author(s): Marybeth J. Mattingly, Wendy A. Walsh
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Unspoken Crimes: Sexual Assault in Rural America
A report focused on sexual assault from a rural perspective. Includes barriers to reporting and services, data and statistics, challenges for rural advocates and law enforcement officials, and examples of programs that have been successful in rural communities.
Author(s): Susan H. Lewis
Date: 2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Sexual Violence Resource Center
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Sexual Violence in Rural Communities
A collection of resources and information related to rural sexual violence. Includes recorded webinars and podcasts, materials for a rural-focused public service announcement (PSA) campaign, outreach tools, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Sexual Violence Resource Center
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Crime in the United States by Community Type, 2015
Provides rates for different types of violent crimes for metropolitan and non-metro areas. Includes data on murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Justice
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StrongHearts Native Helpline
Free and confidential hotline offering assistance and resources to Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence.
1.844.7NATIVE (1.844.762.8483)
Type: Hotline
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Rural Communities Responding to Sexual and Domestic Violence
An interfaith website devoted to training, resources, and technical assistance to help build a network of support for rural victims. Includes a training model, rural partnership guide, and resources for faith leaders, communities, advocates, and service providers.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence
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Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors
Summary of a survey by the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) which focused on the challenges faced by prosecutors, victim advocates, and policymakers in rural communities. Includes examples of practices that have overcome these challenges and additional resources for community members as well as those working with limited staff.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), U.S. Department of Justice
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Promising Futures
Focused on best practices for serving children, youth, and parents experiencing domestic violence. Includes model programs, steps to organizing and creating a support system, and research-informed strategies.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Futures Without Violence
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WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)
An interactive database system that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of sources. Fatal injury data is available by metropolitan/nonmetro status in the Fatal Injury Reports section. Fatal Injury Mapping section provides access to county-level data.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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StopBullying.gov
Provides information from various federal agencies about bullying, cyberbullying, and who is at risk. Offers educational materials for students, parents, educators and health professionals to prevent and respond to bullying.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Hotline provides links to counselors and local services, with complete anonymity.
800.656.HOPE
Type: Hotline
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National Domestic Violence Hotline
Hotline providing information to victims of domestic violence about community resources and shelters nationwide. 800.799.SAFE (7233) 800.787.3224 (TTY)
Type: Hotline
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Last Updated: 12/13/2017