Rural Community Violence: An Untold Public Health Epidemic


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This policy paper seeks to shine a public health light on the prevalence and nature of crime in rural areas across the nation. Surprisingly, there has been little research to-date on the history and evolution of crime and violence in rural areas, especially from a public health perspective. This paper contends that the lack of attention on the crime and violence issues plaguing rural communities is a result of a huge misperception that violence is either non-existent or less serious in rural communities in general. Less

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