This module will highlight the barriers encountered by women living
in rural communities when attempting to leave domestic violence situations.
Although they suffer the same types of abuse as their urban counterparts,
rural victims face unique barriers, often making it even more difficult
for them to leave a violent home.
By the end of this module, Community Mental Health staff will be
1. Discuss some characteristics typical
of rural communities.
2. Discuss the barriers to leaving an abusive
relationship, faced by rural victims.
3. Discuss some of the positive aspects
of rural communities in regard to domestic
It is important to note that rural communities may be as varied as their
urban counterparts. This chapter focuses on common problems found in southern
rural communities, many of which are found in rural communities across
the nation, but some of which are unique to the region. Rural communities
also host many immigrant and minority victims whose language and cultural
differences must be acknowledged and respected.