Jessica King


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.