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NCJ Number: 219588 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring the Perceptions of Domestic Violence Service Providers in Rural Localities
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:13  Issue:7  Dated:July 2007  Pages:700-716
Author(s): Brenda J. Eastman; Shelia G. Bunch; A. Hamilton Williams; Lena W. Carawan
Date Published: July 2007
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This exploratory analysis investigated the perceptions of domestic violence service providers in rural regions of North Carolina and Virginia.
Abstract: Findings regarding the most problematic issues indicated that deficits in public knowledge of domestic violence, a lack of agency resources, a lack of community resources, and a lack of professional development among service providers plagued rural domestic violence service providers and victims. Victims were perceived as having to endure multiple barriers to services, including patriarchal beliefs regarding gender roles and a lack of education regarding the dynamics of domestic violence. Victims also noted a lack of confidentiality and anonymity because of close kinship and community linkages as being a deterrent to help seeking behavior. The findings support previous assertions that victims of domestic violence in rural locales risk further victimization as a result of inadequacies in social and community services. Future research should continue to explore domestic violence service provisions in rural areas. Participants were 51 service provider personnel and 38 clients who were recruited via purposive sampling in rural localities that provided domestic violence services in North Carolina and Virginia. Participants completed mailed surveys regarding their beliefs and perceptions of service providers working with victims of domestic violence. Additionally, a focus group composed of domestic violence agency administrators for agencies in rural eastern North Carolina was convened to discuss information related to the provision of domestic violence services in rural localities. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and emerging theme analysis. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Abused women; Victim services
Index Term(s): North Carolina; Rural area studies; Rural victims; Virginia
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