Examining Mental Health Service Delivery for Rural Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Assistant Professor and Anthropologist of Law, Michele Statz, PhD, of the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health and co-author, Jordan Wolf, current fourth-year medical student, who started on the Duluth Campus, recently published an article in the Journal of Sociological Perspectives examining how a shared sociospatial or “rural” identity may uniquely facilitate mental healthcare delivery of women who have experienced intimate partner violence. 

The paper, “Rurality as Concordance: Mental Health Service Delivery for Rural Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence,” addresses the rural mental health crisis in the United States by considering the significant but largely unexplored role that domestic violence center staff, whom they term “Reputational Provider-Experts (RPE’s),” play in the mental health needs of rural women experiencing partner violence. 

Read the full manuscript

Statz M, Billings KR, Wolf J. Rurality as Concordance: Mental Health Service Delivery for Rural Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Sociological Perspectives. June 2021. doi:10.1177/07311214211019078

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