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Violence and Abuse in Rural America – Resources

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

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Service Delivery for Latinx Survivors in Rural Areas
Examines the perceived challenges of domestic violence (DV) organizations related to service delivery for Latinx intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors living in rural areas. Examines staff qualifications and Latinx-specific community services of 78 DV organizations, discussing associated perceived barriers in these organizations.
Author(s): Jeongsuk Kim, Cynthia Fraga Rizo, Christopher J. Wretman, et al.
Citation: Violence Against Women, 30(9), 2075-2416
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
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Risk Factors for Poor Health Among U.S. Older Adults in Rural and Urban Areas: Injury, Food Insecurity, and Lack of Social and Emotional Support
Examines differences in select risk factors for poor health between rural and urban older adults and among rural older adults, with breakdowns by several sociodemographic characteristics. Features statistics including percentage of older adults experiencing risk factors for poor health, injury and significant injury, food insecurity, and lack of social and emotional support.
Author(s): Ingrid Jacobson, Alexis Swendener, Megan Lahr, Alyssa Fritz, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Oversight Hearing Titled, "Examining Public Safety and Justice Resources in Native Communities"
Recording of a hearing from U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs discussing federal resources for public safety in Native communities. Discusses drug-related crime, human trafficking, and violence and abuse. Includes testimony from Bryan Newland from the Department of the Interior, Patrice Kunesh from the Department of Health and Human Services, and Allison Randall from the Office of Violence Against Women. Captions included in the video player.
Additional links: Testimony of Allison Randall, Testimony of The Honorable Bryan Newland, Testimony of The Honorable Patrice Kunesh
Date: 05/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Health Insurance Coverage and Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Postpartum Abuse Screening Among Rural US Residents Who Gave Birth 2016-2020
Examines the relationship among intimate partner violence (IPV), perinatal health insurance coverage, and postpartum IPV screening in rural U.S. communities. Utilizes 2016-2020 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System data to analyze insurance status among rural residents, postpartum visits, and IPV screenings.
Author(s): Katy Backes Kozhimannil, Emily C. Sheffield, Alyssa H. Fritz, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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NCHS Rapid Surveys System: Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence
Data tables showing adults that have experienced or been threatened with technology-facility sexual violence. Includes data breakdown by urbanicity and other demographic and geographic characteristics. Data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics between October and November 2023.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Rural/Urban Differences in Rates and Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse Screening among Pregnant and Postpartum United States Residents
Examines rates, predictors, and screening of perinatal intimate partner violence (IPV) victims after giving birth. Utilizes national data from the 2016-2020 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) to analyze rural versus urban IPV according to demographic variables, comorbidities, screening rates, and more.
Author(s): Katy Backes Kozhimannil, Emily C. Sheffield, Alyssa H. Fritz, et al.
Citation: Health Services Research, 59(2), e14212
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Communities: Perspectives from Key Informant Interviews
Policy brief discusses the challenges faces by victims and survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) seeking support services in rural communities. Bases findings on interviews with staff members from IPV victim support and advocacy organizations and highlights areas for organizations to improve support services for rural IPV victims and survivors.
Author(s): Alyssa H. Fritz, Emily C. Sheffield, Phoebe L. Chastain, et al.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Racial/Ethnic Differences in Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Postpartum Abuse Screening Among Rural US Residents who Gave Birth 2016-2020
Describes rates of self-reported intimate partner violence among rural residents before or during pregnancy, and the frequency by which different racial or ethnic groups are not screened for abuse after giving birth. Uses 2016-2020 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), a population-based surveillance survey. Features statistics with breakdowns by race or ethnicity.
Author(s): Emily C. Sheffield, Alyssa H. Fritz, Katy Backes Kozhimannil
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Firearm Access and Gun Violence Exposure Among American Indian or Alaska Native and Black Adults
Results of a survey of 3,542 American Indian or Alaska Native and Black adults conducted in April and May 2023, to examine distributions of firearm access, firearm storage, firearm carrying, and gun violence exposure. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Michael D. Anestis, Jayna Moceri-Brooks, Devon Ziminski, R. Thurman Barnes, Daniel Semenza
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 7(3), e240073
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Child Maltreatment 2022
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. Includes data broken down by race/ethnicity as well as discussions specific to rural and tribal areas.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Last Updated: 6/11/2024