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Volume 4/Issue 3 - THE EXCHANGE - July 2021

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“I Was Worried I Wouldn’t Be Believed”: Sexual Assault Victims’ Perceptions of the Police in the Decision to Not Report

The majority of sexual assault victims make the decision to not report their victimization to the police (Bachman, 1998; Ullman & Filipas, 2001; Wolitzky-Taylor et al., 2011). While there are many reasons why a victim may choose to not report, most notable in the research are victims’ concerns about fears of mistreatment, not being taken seriously, not being believed, and the prospect of reprisal from the perpetrator (Logan, Evans, Stevenson, & Jordan, 2005; Patterson et al., 2009; Wolitzky-Taylor et al., 2011).

Substance Use as a Coping Mechanism for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Safety and Service Accessibility

Survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) are often facing complex challenges that make intervention difficult, including substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health (MH) issues. Moreover, service providers have reported that SUD and MH-needs themselves represent barriers to safely engaging with survivors in IPV services (Martin, Moracco, Chang, Council, & Dulli, 2008; Murray et al., 2015).

Medications at the Emergency Department After Recent Rape

In the United States, 21.3% of women and 2.6% of men experience attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes (Smith et al., 2018). Rape is associated with numerous negative physical and mental health effects, yet little is known about medical prescribing practices following rape-related emergency room visits. The goal of this study was to examine factors associated with medications prescribed the same day as a sexual assault medical forensic examination (SAMFE).

Understanding the Needs and Preferences of Domestic and Sexual Violence Education for Health Profession Students

This study examined health profession students’ comfort levels, perceived knowledge, attitudes, and preferences for domestic and sexual violence education at an academic medical center. Students acknowledged that their perceived knowledge of community resources was poor which may have contributed to the fact that comfort, attitudes, and perceived knowledge of the topic remained only fair. A majority of students (83.2%) reported that they had received less than three hours of training in their coursework, which remained consistent for students with more years of education.

Co-Reporting of Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence: The Likelihood of Substantiations and Foster Care Placements

Research makes clear that intimate partner violence (IPV) (physical, sexual, and psychological or emotional harm between current or former intimate partners), negatively affects children as well as adults. Although IPV-related reports frequently come to the attention of child protective services (CPS), there is no nationally agreed upon legal standard or practice guidance for child protection responses to maltreatment reports, nor sufficient research documenting that reaction.

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