Survivors in Appalachia face sizeable obstacles to leaving. Rural abusers are more likely to use weapons; intimate partner violence is more likely to end in homicide. Shelters and health centers can be impossible to reach.
News Story (North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)
May 9, 2018
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Tags: Domestic Violence
Organizations mentioned/involved: Project for the Empowerment of Survivors (VA)
In rural regions like Appalachia, survivors already face sizable obstacles to leaving a violent relationship. Rural abusers are more likely to use weapons; intimate partner violence is more likely to end in homicide. Domestic violence shelters and health centers can be impossible to reach without reliable transportation. According to a study published by the Public Library of Science, rates of hospitalizations sparked by intimate partner violence were 14 percent higher in Appalachian counties when compared to non-Appalachian counties.