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SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON VIOLENCE AGAINST RURAL WOMEN quickly exploded on the scene in the latter part of the last decade, with the bulk of the work being produced in the United States. Certainly, we now have strong empirical evidence showing that rural women in America are at greater risk of experiencing various types of male-to-female violence than are their suburban and urban counterparts. Yet, as is often said, more empirical, theoretical, and policy work is necessary. Following the approach taken by the contributors to the 2011 anthology Violence Against Women and Children: Mapping the Terrain, the main objective of my presentation is to answer what the editors of this volume (J.W. White, M.P. Koss, and A.E. Kazdin) refer to as these “three seemingly simple questions”: What do we know? How do we know it? What are the next steps?

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