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.
Last Reviewed: 1/2/2014