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Serving Rural Victims


Documents and Materials

Addressing America's Forgotten Crime Victims: Model Strategies and Practices for Rural Victim Assistance
Discusses survey results of rural programs.

Alaska Statewide Protocol for Developing Sexual Assault Response Teams
Provides a standardized structure for developing, training, and implementing sexual assault response teams throughout Alaska.

Crime and Policing in Rural and Small-Town America: An Overview of the Issues
Examines what is known about crime and policing in rural areas and small towns and how they are shaped by their environment.

Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims with Disabilities (Video and Guidebook)
Highlights how to communicate effectively with crime victims, the challenges faced by underserved victim populations, and the relationship between substance abuse and victimization.

National Victim Assistance Academy Textbook, Chapter 22, Section 6: Rural Victims
Addresses concerns of specific victim populations (e.g., victims in Indian Country, victims of domestic violence, campus crime victims) and provides highlights of promising practices developed to meet the needs of victims in rural, remote regions.

Non-Reporting and Hidden Recording of Sexual Assault: An International Literature Review
Analyzes victims' decisions not to report to police, the extent of hidden recording (i.e., sexual assault is recorded as a secondary charge), and the differences in the reporting and recording of sexual assaults in remote, rural, and urban areas.

Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors
Helps prosecutors, victim advocates, and policymakers understand the state of victim/witness assistance in rural communities, including staffing limitations, the roles and responsibilities of advocates, and the challenges that rural prosecutors' offices face in providing assistance to crime victims and effectively prosecuting the perpetrators of crime.

Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT): A Guide for Rural and Remote Communities
Guides rural and remote communities in overcoming the challenges they face in responding to sexual assault by improving coordination of services for victims across professional disciplines and agencies.

Unspoken Crimes—Sexual Assault in Rural America
Considers sexual assault from a rural perspective, including data on the prevalence of rural sexual assault, rural characteristics that deter reporting, and difficulties encountered by advocates. It also offers insights and best practices of rural advocates.


National Center for Rural Law Enforcement
Provides sexual assault investigation and management training for rural law enforcement.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Links to all 50 state Offices of Rural Health, each of which collects and disseminates information, coordinates rural health resources and activities statewide, provides technical assistance, encourages recruitment and retention of health care professionals, and strengthens state, local, and federal partnerships.

Praxis International: Rural Technical Assistance
Provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to rural communities funded by the Office on Violence Against Women.

Web Sites

Rural Assistance Center
Serves as a rural health and human services information portal, providing rural communities and other rural stakeholders with access to the full range of programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

Rural Health, Health Resources and Services Administration

Includes information on grants, policy and research, and resources related to rural health.

Rural Healthy People 2010
Addresses priority health concerns of rural America (e.g., public health infrastructure, injury and violence prevention, mental health, access to emergency medical services and primary health care) and describes innovative programs and practices that address the concerns.

Rural Population and Migration: Diversity Increases in Nonmetro America
Provides an overview of the racial and ethnic diversity in rural America based on race, age, and poverty rates.