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NCJ Number: 228308 Find in a Library
Title: Development of Measures of Abuse Among Women with Disabilities and the Characteristics of Their Perpetrators
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:1001-1025
Author(s): Mary Ann Curry; Paula Renker; Rosemary B. Hughes; Susan Robinson-Whelen; Mary Oschwald; Paul R. Swank; Laurie E. Powers
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the validity and reliability of questions used to assess abuse against women with disabilities and the characteristics of their perpetrators.
Abstract: The lack of reliable and valid measures for assessing violence against disabled and deaf women impacts the ability to formulate public policy regarding the prevalence, scope, and consequences of such abuse. The authors administered audio computer-assisted self-interviews to 305 women with diverse disabilities during the Safer and Stronger Program (SSP) to increase awareness of abuse, teach safety planning behaviors, and inform subjects of community resources. Data were automatically entered into a statistical software database that indicated preliminary support for the validity and reliability of the items used to assess abuse. Use of these measures and this technique is both helpful in assessing abuse experienced by this unique segment of the population and essential for the development of victim assistance programs, services, and public health policies. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Abused women; Persons with Disabilities
Index Term(s): Attitude change; Attitude measurement; Attitudes toward victims; Emotional Abuse/Harm; Male offenders; Offender attitudes; Offender profiles; Offender statistics; Public Opinion of Crime; Victim-offender relationships; Violent offenders
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