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News Posted on December 17, 2012

Professor Pruitt Comments on Rural Victims of Domestic Violence for NPR

Professor Lisa R. Pruitt commented for a report on Pittsburgh National Public Radio affiliate WESA on the distinctive challenges faced by rural victims of domestic violence.  The report cites research by Professor Pruitt indicating that batterers in rural settings are more likely to inflict severe injuries, and includes her comments about the "paradox of rural privacy."

"Do you have more of it, or do you have less of it? You have less informational privacy - so it's harder to keep things private, like the fact that you called the police, but you may have more physical privacy in terms of people being aware of what goes on in your home, or on your ranch, or in your barn, simply because space shields people from prying eyes," said Pruitt.

Lisa R. Pruitt is a professor at UC Davis School of Law whose recent scholarship explores the legal relevance of rural spatiality, including how it inflects dimensions of gender, race, and ethnicity.  Pruitt's work also considers rural-urban difference in transnational and international contexts.

WESA report