This eNewsletter features a variety of new materials exploring the unique dynamics of violence against women in rural communities. Definitions, characteristics, and statistical overviews of rural populations are provided in addition to specialized resources on developing policy and practice responses for rural victims of domestic and sexual violence. Related resources from VAWnet’s existing collection are also provided in this issue.
The guide is designed to help 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. It provides an overview of these challenges along with tips and strategies for overcoming them. Likewise, the guide includes promising practices with an extensive list of resources. Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors
This guide was developed to help other rural regions decide whether a mobile SANE project, customized to their local needs, might be a viable option. To that end, it focuses on the process used to plan and implement the West Virginia project and the lessons learned by FRIS and other stakeholders.
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