206721 Impact of danger assessment screening and safety education on abused women's perceived risk of serious re-abuse

Monday, November 9, 2009

Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH , Center for Injury Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Nearly 1200 women are murdered by a current or former intimate parnter per year in the U.S. Many more suffer severe injuries resulting from intimate partner violence (IPV). 40% of women surviving attempted homicides by intimate partners did not think their abusive partner was capable of killing them.

In a quasi-experimental study, 172 adult female survivors of IPV seeking temporary protective orders (TPOs) were administered Campbell's Danger Assessment and provided extensive feedback (e.g., graphs showing how their risks compared with other IPV survivors) on their risk for being killed or seriously injured by their partners. They were also provided information on strategies to reduce their risks which had empiricle support for their efficacy. This intervention group and 178 historical controls recruited from the same legal clinic sites were surveyed within a week of getting their TPO and 6 months later.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to evaluate the impact of a danger assessment and safety education protocol on the perceived risk of reabuse of survivors of intimate partner violence.

Keywords: Domestic Violence, Risk Communication

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been doing research on violence prevention for nearly 20 years and was the PI for this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.