Development of the Internet-Based Safer and Stronger Program for Men With Disabilities

Emily M. Lund, Mary Oschwald, Allyn Latorre, Rosemary B. Hughes, Bob Liston, Rollin Shelton, Michael C. Flaherty, Erin M. Porcher, Laurie E. Powers

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This article describes the development and pilot testing of an Internet-based abuse and safety awareness program, the Men’s Safer and Stronger Program, for men with diverse disabilities and Deaf men (MWD) using a three-phase community-based, qualitative modified Delphi process. In Phase I, MWD participated in individual interviews (n = 46) and nominal discussion groups (n = 37), identifying key messages to be included in the program and providing guidance concerning program structure and content. In Phase II, the project staff developed the program content and structure with the assistance of an advisory board of MWD. Video narratives by nine male survivors with disabilities were recorded and edited. In Phase III, 14 MWD served as expert reviewers, verbalizing their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions as they used the program. In Phase IV, the program was piloted with 31 MWD and qualitative and quantitative feedback was gathered. The resulting user-guided program contains eight modules including definitions and examples of abuse, risk factors for abuse, survivor narratives, and strategy suggestions designed to increase safety. The program was generally well received by expert reviewers and pilot study participants. Overall, the use of an Internet-based program to increase abuse awareness in MWD appears feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-145
Number of pages15
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 16 2015


  • Internet
  • abuse awareness
  • interpersonal violence
  • intervention and prevention programs
  • men with disabilities


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