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A "deeply hidden and disturbing side to rural life" has been laid bare by an 18-month inquiry into domestic abuse in the English countryside. Domestic abuse victims there suffer for longer, are less likely to report abuse and struggle to get support, it said. Victims are isolated, unsupported and unprotected in a "rural hell" that protects the perpetrators, the National Rural Crime Network report found. The government has just set out new plans to tackle the issue. The researchers carried out 67 in-depth interviews with people who had experienced domestic abuse, and a set of separate interviews with those working in services supporting victims. 'HIDDEN UNDERBELLY'. The inquiry also include... Full story

19 July