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Violence Against Women. 2009 Sep;15(9):1040-69. doi: 10.1177/1077801209340309. Epub 2009 Jul 16.

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

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  • 1Regional Research Institute for Human Services, Portland State University, OR, USA.


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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