Intimate partner violence is an issue in the United States experienced by more than one in three women. This article addresses the topic of intimate partner violence and the factors contributing to the perpetuation of abuse. It focuses on how these factors manifest in rural areas and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which increased isolation and economic abuse. This article explores policies currently used to combat intimate partner violence in these contexts. The current acts, including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), expressly prohibit the allotment of monetary entities directly, requiring victims to connect with government- funded programs to receive aid in the form of funding. This article proposes distributing individual, unrestricted funding to the victim rather than through an agency receiving funding from other government sources.
Jessica King, Individual Funding: A Policy Solution to Family Abuse in Rural Areas Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, 26 Rich. Pub. Int. L. Rev. (2023).