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Interpersonal violence and women with disabilities: analysis of safety promoting behaviors.

Authors
  • Powers, Laurie E1
  • Renker, Paula
  • Robinson-Whelen, Susan
  • Oschwald, Mary
  • Hughes, Rosemary
  • Swank, Paul
  • Curry, Mary Ann
  • 1 Regional Research Institute for Human Services, Portland State University, OR, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2009
Volume
15
Issue
9
Pages
1040–1069
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1077801209340309
PMID: 19608856
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Very little information exists related to the interpersonal violence safety promoting behaviors of women with disabilities. Information about women's use of safety promoting behaviors was gathered from 305 disabled and deaf women who completed an anonymous Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview. Exploratory factor analyses revealed factors related to seeking abuse-related safety information, building abuse-related safety promoting skills, using relationship support, planning for emergencies, taking legal action, and managing safety in personal assistance relationships. Four of these factors demonstrated significant relationships to women's experience of different forms of abuse and their perpetrator's characteristics.

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