Formal and Informal Resource Utilization Among Rural and Urban Women: A Protective Order Sample

Kelli Frakes, University of Kentucky
T.K. Logan, University of Kentucky
Lisa Shannon, University of Kentucky
Jennifer Cole, University of Kentucky

ABSTRACT
A significant proportion of women are affected by intimate partner violence each year. In order to cope with intimate partner violence women may utilize a variety of resources. In addition to their informal support networks, it is critical that women utilize health, mental health, and criminal justice services in response to the violence. However, there has been limited systematic examination of resource utilization among women experiencing intimate partner victimization. Moreover, there has been limited examination of formal and informal resource utilization among rural amd irbam wp,em/ Tjos stidu ised a [rptectove prder sa,[;e pf rira; )n=250) and urban (n=300) women to examine similarities and differences in formal and informal resource utilization in response to the violence and their overall satisfaction with the experience. Implications for policy, practice, and future research will be discussed.

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