Protective orders in rural and urban areas: A multiple perspective study

T. K. Logan, Lisa Shannon, Robert Walker

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This study is one of the first to examine the protective order process, barriers, and out-comes by combining qualitative and quantitative research in rural and urban areas. State statutes suggest the protective order process should be fair, consistent, and accessible to all women in the state. However, study results suggest that (a) the process of obtaining protective orders varies depending on community context; (b) although there are barriers to obtaining and enforcing protective orders regardless of geographic region, rural women appear to have more barriers; and (c) differences exist in victimization experiences, protective order stipulations, violations, and perceived effectiveness among rural and urban women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-911
Number of pages36
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Protective orders
  • Rural areas
  • Urban areas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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