ERIC Number: ED222318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Wife Abuse in Rural Areas: Some Social, Legal, Medical and Service Delivery Issues.
Rosen, Anita L.
The study examines the issue of wife abuse in a rural area, assesses major service interventions suggested by the literature, and evaluates their practicality in rural areas. The area used for the study was the 10 rural and most southern counties in Southern Illinois, characterized by high unemployment and low per capita income. A questionnaire was administered via one-on-one interviews of 14 women (new residents of the only women's shelter in the area who identified themselves as abused and in need of help). Additionally, personal interviews were conducted with 21 service providers who might work with abused wives not served by the shelter. Results indicated that the abused women surveyed were generally similar to those in urban studies, except that rural husbands were in a higher tax bracket and had more education and that rural wives were older (averaged 36+ years). Other characteristics included: 58% were Protestant; alcohol played a part in 64% of incidences; 93% of the abusers were abused as children; and 43% of children in the households were abused, too. Service providers surveyed indicated: more federal rural health clinic physicians than family physicians attempted referral; law officers and judges were lacking in knowledge concerning domestic violence; and few women openly sought help. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (South)
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas (6th, Beaufort County, SC, July 26-29, 1981).