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Violence and Abuse in Rural America – Resources

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

Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons: Law Enforcement & Prevention
Details the U.S. Department of Justice's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) initiative and presents a number of reports highlighting strategies and collaborations to aid in the investigation and prevention of crimes against American Indian and Alaska Native people. Features reports from non-government organizations, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Amber Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, as well as from different areas of the federal government, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Health and Human Services, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, among others.
Citation: DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice, 69(1)
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Justice
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Child Maltreatment 2019
Reports on rates of children receiving child protective services, children who died of abuse and neglect, and children who are victims of maltreatment, using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Offers information on availability and access to child protective services at the state and territory level, including how some counties respond to child abuse and neglect screenings, referrals, and the provision of services. Mentions rural responses in Connecticut, Minnesota, Nevada, and North Dakota.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Consent and Capacity in Indian Country - Elder Abuse and the Connection to Consent, Capacity, and Undue Influence
Defines consent, capacity, and undue influence in connection to the abuse of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/NA) elders. Highlights 6 pillars for evaluating capacity in older adults and gives cultural context for AI/NA elders.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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Roadmap for Resilience: The California Surgeon General's Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Health
Reports on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress in California, addressing the health impacts of ACEs and stress, economic costs, and public health implications of the issue. Discusses initiatives that increase access to screening and treatment for ACEs in urban, rural, and tribal communities. Explores prevention strategies among public health, social service, early childhood, education, and justice agencies.
Author(s): D Bhushan, K Kotz, J McCall, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Office of the Surgeon General
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Report to the President - Activities and Accomplishments of the First Year of Operation Lady Justice
Details the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the first year of Operation Lady Justice, the presidential task force on missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. Outlines the task force's structure, procedures, and initiatives, such as listening sessions with Native communities, consultation with tribal governments, and the establishment of a cold case team, among other actions. Highlights the task force's next steps.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Rural Versus Urban Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence-Related Emergency Department Visits, 2009-2014
Examines disparities in prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV)-related incidents, using a sample of 156,945 emergency department (ED) visits by people ages 15-64. Features demographics with breakdowns by urban or rural residence, and statistics on IPV-related ED visits with breakdowns by 6 categories of population density.
Author(s): Maria J. Perez-Patron, Nancy R. Downing, Nora Montalvo-Liendo, Brandie D. Taylor
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Human Trafficking in Native Populations: Q&A with Commissioner Jeannie Hovland
Interview with Jeannie Hovland, Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, about ANA and HHS responses to human trafficking, abuse, and violence in Native American communities. Discusses the relationship between trafficking and missing and murdered Native Americans and HHS tools to support tribal healthcare and human service efforts.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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"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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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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Last Updated: 4/9/2021