Domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence, is a critical problem throughout the United States, with negative impact on victims, families, employers, and communities. The nature of close-knit rural communities can make it more difficult for rural victims of intimate partner violence to seek and get help.
Rural areas face challenges such as higher poverty, lower rates of health insurance coverage, and less access to health care and human services providers. All of these factors make the problems facing domestic violence survivors more difficult to address.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How prevalent is domestic violence?
- What do we know about rural domestic violence?
- Is it more difficult for rural women to seek and get help?
- Are treatment services available to domestic violence offenders in rural areas?
- How does rural poverty relate to domestic violence?
- What role does health care access play for domestic violence victims and survivors?
- Is access to legal services a problem in rural areas?
- What can rural communities do to address domestic violence?