ABSTRACT: The importance of conducting evidence based assessment has been widely acknowledged by many professions, including social work. In this study, the U.S. Army, in partnership with University researchers, developed an evidence based assessment protocol to assist the individual social worker in conducting his/her assessment of intimate partner violence. The protocol development process involved posing answerable research questions about intimate partner violence assessment content and method and then adhering to the steps of evidence based practice to answer those questions. Key to the protocol development process was the partnership created between researchers and practitioners as part of an expert panel.
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 05/2011; 8(3):323-48.
ABSTRACT: A sample of 248 enlisted active duty females married to civilian spouses completed a self-report survey that asked about their own and their spouse's violence. The survey also asked about their sex-role attitudes, marital satisfaction, alcohol use, childhood trauma, and depression. Results identified patterns of intimate partner violence and their relationship to the psychosocial risk factors. Females experiencing severe bidirectional violence were likely to be the most depressed and to have a history of child sexual abuse. Females experiencing minor bidirectional violence did not share any of the psychosocial risk factors found for severe bidirectional violence. Females perpetrating unilateral violence toward their spouses were found to be as satisfied in their marriages as nonviolent couples and less depressed than the females experiencing bidirectional violence.
Violence and Victims 01/2010; 25(1):45-61. · 1.28 Impact Factor
ABSTRACT: While separate evidence exists that married military women have high rates of both intimate partner violence victimization
and aggression, little is known about the context of this violence, including the extent to which the violence committed toward
and by military women is physical, psychological or sexual, whether the violence is unilateral or bi-directional, and the
extent of injury sustained or inflicted. In order to gain a more multi-dimensional understanding of the violence in the lives
of military women, this study involved 248 enlisted females who completed a self-report survey about themselves and their
spouses’ behavior. Results indicate that the majority of violence reported was bi-directional and symmetrical in terms of
type and level of severity. However, enlisted females were more than three times as likely to be victims of unilateral severe
violence as their male civilian spouses. Demographic factors associated with these patterns of violence were also identified.
Journal of Family Violence 07/2006; 21(6):369-380. · 1.17 Impact Factor