Woman abuse varies across intimate relationship categories (e.g., marriage, divorce, separation). However, it is unclear whether relationship status variations in violence against women differ across urban, suburban, and rural areas. We test the hypothesis that rural females, regardless of their intimate partner relationship status, are at higher risk of intimate violence than their urban and suburban counterparts. Results indicate that marital status is an important aspect of the relationship between intimate victimization and geographic area and that rural divorced and separated females are victimized at rates exceeding their urban counterparts.
"The former cohort is primarily interested in separation/divorce assault and the factors that motivate men to perpetuate it (e.g., DeKeseredy and Schwartz, 2009; Hall-Sanchez, 2014), while the latter's empirical focus emphasizes abused rural women's barriers to service (e.g., Logan et al., 2004, 2005). DeKeseredy was also part of a research team that used aggregate NCVS data either from 1992 to 2005 and from 1992 to 2009 to examine: urban, suburban, and rural Intimate relationship status variations in violence against women (Rennison et al., 2013); urban, suburban, and rural differences in racial/ethnic variations in violence against women (DeKeseredy et al., 2012); urban, suburban, and rural variations in separation/divorce assault (DeKeseredy and Rennison, 2013a; Rennison et al., 2012a,b); and dominant situational contexts of reporting of violence against women to police across rural, suburban, and urban areas (Rennison et al., 2012a,b). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the early to mid-1990s, Patricia Gagne's work on woman abuse in the Appalachian region of the United States (U.S) sparked contemporary feminist interpretations of rural crime and social control. Nevertheless , the flames did not emerge until the latter part of the last decade, with the publication of a spate of scholarly books, journal articles, and chapters. These feminist contributions enhance an empirical and theoretical understanding of rural criminality and societal reactions to it, but there are still key gaps in gender and rural crime research. The main objective of this article is twofold: (1) to briefly review the extant feminist literature on rural crimes and societal reactions to them and (2) to suggest new directions in the development of a feminist rural criminology.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The media play a key role in stereotyping as “ignorant and uncouth hillbillies” people who live in rural US communities. As well, since the early 1970s, popular films frequently portray rural areas as dangerous locations, places where urban people are at high risk of being savagely killed and tortured by demented, in-bred locals without conscience or constraint. Further, with the advent of the Internet, rural women continue to be depicted in a degrading, highly sexualized manner and “gonzo” pornographic videos of them are widely and freely accessible. Informed by feminist and cultural criminological modes of inquiry, this paper presents some exploratory research on rural horror films and pornographic videos. A key argument is that with the help of new information technologies, these media are normalized, mainstreamed, and contribute to the horrification/pornification of rural culture, and by doing so, mask the real issues about crime, violence, and gender relations in the rural context.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Despite plentiful efforts to identify perpetrator, victim, and incident characteristics correlated with reporting violence against women to police, few studies have addressed the contexts that shape such reporting. Even fewer have examined variations in these contexts across geographic areas. Drawing upon National Crime Victimization Survey data from 1992 through 2009, this paper uses conjunctive analysis of case configurations to identify and investigate the dominant situational contexts of reporting of violence against women to police across rural, suburban, and urban areas. Our findings show that context matters and the importance of incident, perpetrator, and victim characteristics vary across geographic areas.
American Journal of Criminal Justice 03/2012; 38(1). DOI:10.1007/s12103-012-9164-4
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