When help for abuse is miles away
Published 10/10/2009, Grand Forks Herald
Study: Domestic violence protective orders less effective in rural areas
Laura is from a small town in a sparsely populated county in northeastern North Dakota, and after years of physical and emotional abuse, she sought and obtained a series of protection orders against her husband. Her experience illustrates some of the added difficulties that may face victims of domestic violence who live in rural areas, including distance from advocates and police and other barriers stemming from the nature of rural society.