Domestic Violence and Poverty in Rural Communities

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Introduction: A rural community can be defined as encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area (Defining rural population). Poverty can be defined as, the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions or renunciation as a member of a religious order of the right as an individual to own property (Dictionary.com). Domestic Violence is defined as, violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner (Dictonary.com). It is important to note these three definitions because each word will be discussed throughout the paper. In addition in this paper I will talk about domestic violence and poverty as a rural issues, explain the theoretical background of each problem, give the community strengths, discuss how the code of which could be applied do a self evaluation and conclude the paper with recommendations to solving these problems. Rural issues/Problems: The first problem that is seen in the rural population is poverty. . According to U.S. census Bureau app. Three quarter of America is classified as rural residents, in that three quarters 41 % of people in rural area live in poverty. Along with these rural inhabitants ages 20 to 39 reported higher levels of unemployment then those living in metropolitan’s areas during the first half of 2012 (Youth Today). These number show that as time goes on poverty will become more and more prevalent in that population. The main causes for poverty in the rural area is little to no income, high unemployment rates, less job opportunities, and lack of education( Poverty in Rural Areas). Some reason why poverty goes unnoticed in rural communities is it is not... ... middle of paper ... ...m http://www.ruralhome.org/storage/research_notes/rrn_poverty.pdf National Association of Social Workers [NASW]. (2008). Code of ethics. Retrieved from http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp. Mazur, R. (2005). Domestic violence in rural communities. Retrieved from http://www.courtinnovation.org/sites/default/files/Rural Innovation7.26.05.pdf Ryan, R. (2010, May 05). Poverty in rural areas goes unnoticed. Retrieved from http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/poverty-in-rural-areas-often-goes-unnoticed-119771.html Shriver, J. (2011). Human behavior and the social environment: Shifting paradigms in essential knowledge for social work practice (5th Ed.). Boston: Allyn Bacon. Swift, J. Youth Today, (2013). Rural america . Retrieved from Center for Sustainable Journalism website: http://issuu.com/csjournalism/docs/yt_special_report_18e64feb59c709?e=4285254/3069926

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