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Evaluation of Violence Against Women With Physical Disabilities in Michigan, 2000-2001

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Milberger, Sharon (Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2002-11-22
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
abuse; assault; battered women; disabled persons; domestic violence; emotional abuse; physical disabilities; sexual abuse; violence; women; womens shelters
Description
  • Abstract

    In the past few years it has become alarmingly clear that women with disabilities are at an extremely high risk for emotional, sexual, and physical assault. The Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University, in collaboration with the United Cerebral Palsy Association in Michigan, conducted a one-year study to investigate the prevalence and correlates of, and service system capacity related to, domestic abuse among women with physical disabilities in Michigan. The study aimed to address the following research questions: (1) What is the prevalence of domestic violence among a sample of women with physical disabilities? (2) What potential factors for domestic violence exist among women with physical disabilities? and (3) What is the capacity of existing support programs (e.g., safe houses, shelters, and service agencies) to assist women with physical disabilities? The population for this study was women over the age of 18 who had physical disabilities. Consistent with the work of other researchers, physical disabilities in this study were defined as those disabilities that result in functional impairment, such as cerebral palsy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida, amputation, rheumatic conditions, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and stroke. A sample of 177 women was recruited through several mechanisms. To address the question of domestic abuse prevalence, the women participating in the study were first asked to complete a brief questionnaire addressing demographic characteristics and their experience with domestic violence (Part 1, Screening Interview Data). Fifty-six percent (100) of the 177 women interviewed indicated a positive history of abuse at their initial screening. In order to address the second research question about the correlates of abuse, this subsample of 100 women was invited and encouraged to participate in the second phase of the research, which involved a more extensive interview (Part 2, Abuse Interview Data). The interview used was based on a protocol developed by Nosek (1995) that addressed demographic characteristics, social networks, and abuse history. Variables in Parts 1 and 2 include type of disability, type of personal assistance needed, and whether the respondent was ever physically, emotionally, or sexually abused. Part 2 also contains variables on sources of monthly income, who perpetrated the abuse, the abuser's gender, how long the victim knew the abuser, whether the victim sought assistance from a domestic violence program or shelter, and a description of the worst incident of physical abuse. Demographic variables in Parts 1 and 2 include ethnicity, age, employment status, and marital status.
  • Abstract

    In the past few years it has become alarmingly clear that women with disabilities are at an extremely high risk for emotional, sexual, and physical assault. The Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University, in collaboration with the United Cerebral Palsy Association in Michigan, conducted a one-year study to investigate the prevalence and correlates of, and service system capacity related to, domestic abuse among women with physical disabilities in Michigan. The study aimed to address the following research questions: (1) What is the prevalence of domestic violence among a sample of women with physical disabilities? (2) What potential factors for domestic violence exist among women with physical disabilities? and (3) What is the capacity of existing support programs (e.g., safe houses, shelters, and service agencies) to assist women with physical disabilities?
  • Abstract

    The population studied was women over the age of 18 who had physical disabilities. Consistent with the work of other researchers, physical disabilities in this study were defined as those disabilities that result in functional impairment, such as cerebral palsy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida, amputation, rheumatic conditions, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and stroke. A sample of 177 women was recruited through several mechanisms. To address the question of domestic abuse prevalence, the women participating in the study were first asked to complete a brief questionnaire addressing demographic characteristics and their experience with domestic violence (Part 1). Women were given the choice of whether they wanted to complete the screen over the phone, by mail, by fax, or online. Fifty-six percent (100) of the 177 women interviewed indicated a positive history of abuse at their initial screening. In order to address the second research question about correlates of abuse, this subsample of 100 women was invited and encouraged to participate in the second phase of the research, which involved a more extensive interview (Part 2). Interviews were confidential and women were given the choice of whether they wanted to complete the interview over the phone, online, by mail, or in person. The interview used was based on a protocol developed by Nosek (1995) which addressed demographic characteristics, social networks, and abuse history. In addition, several questions were asked regarding characteristics of the abuser, such as gender, age, relationship to the study participant, and length of the relationship. All interviewers were specifically trained in issues of domestic violence prior to initiating the interviews to assure that sensitivity and awareness with regard to safety and support were provided to the participants. Each participant was paid $50 at the completion of the interview.
  • Abstract

    Variables in Parts 1 and 2 include type of disability, type of personal assistance needed, and whether the respondent was ever physically, emotionally, or sexually abused. Part 2 also has variables on sources of monthly income, who perpetrated the abuse, the abuser's gender, how long the victim knew the abuser, whether the victim sought assistance from a domestic violence program or shelter, and a description of the worst incident of physical abuse. Demographic variables in Parts 1 and 2 include ethnicity, age, employment status, and marital status.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: None.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: Part 1: Not applicable. Part 2: 85 percent.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Screening Interview Data
    • DS2: Abuse Interview Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 2000 / 2001
    Time period: 2000--2001
  • 2000 / 2001
    Collection date: 2000--2001
Geographic Coverage
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Women with physical disabilities in Michigan in 2000-2001.
Sampling
Convenience sampling.
Collection Mode
  • The user guide, codebook, and data collection instruments are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Note
2006-03-30 File CQ3414.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (00-WT-VX-0018).
Availability
Delivery
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3414 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03414.v1
Publications
  • Milberger, Sharon, Israel, Nathaniel, LeRoy, Barbara, Martin, Angela, Potter, Linda, Patchak-Schuster, Pam. Violence against women with physical disabilities. Violence and Victims.18, (5), 581-590.2003.
  • Milberger, Sharon, LeRoy, Barbara, Martin, Angela, Israel, Nathaniel, Potter, Linda, Patchak-Schuster, Pam. A Michigan Study on Women with Physical Disabilities, Executive Summary. NCJ 193815, Detroit, MI: Wayne State University [producer], United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice [distributor]. 2002.
    • ID: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/193815.pdf (URL)
  • Milberger, Sharon, LeRoy, Barbara, Martin, Anglea, Israel, Nathaniel, Potter, Linda, Patchak-Schuster, Pam. A Michigan Study on Women with Physical Disabilities, Final Report. NCJ 193769, Detroit, MI: Wayne State University [producer], United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice [distributor]. 2002.
    • ID: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/193769.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Milberger, Sharon (2002): Evaluation of Violence Against Women With Physical Disabilities in Michigan, 2000-2001. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03414