Interpersonal violence and women with disabilities: Analysis of safety promoting behaviors

Laurie E. Powers, Paula Renker, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Mary Oschwald, Rosemary Hughes, Paul Swank, Mary Ann Curry

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1040-1069
Number of pages30
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Abuse
  • Disability
  • Measurement
  • Safety
  • Violence
  • Women


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