National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program

S6DV_VIC_PHYS: S6 DV: Count of victim - physical items endorsed

Victim of domestic violence - physical; count of physical domestic violence items
endorsed where subject is the victim

MEAUSRE: Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Inventory, adapted for this study, is designed to measure four
dimensions of victimization and offending for events that occur within the past year
between the subject and any of his/her intimate partners (boyfriend or girlfriend), 
spouse, ex-spouse, or ex-partner (ex-boyfriend or girlfriend). Previous research has
shown that both physical and psychological aggression within intimate relationships 
is associated with alcohol and other substance abuse (Leonard, 1993), violence toward
strangers (Fagan and Browne, 1990), and a variety of mental health diagnostic 
categories (Holzworth-Munroe et al., 2000). Accordingly, we include four domains of
intimate partner violence and victimization: physical violence (e.g., "Has your 
partner grabbed, pushed, or shoved you?"), psychological aggression (e.g., "Have you
called your partner stupid, fat or ugly?"), controlling behavior (e.g., "Has your 
partner restricted your use of the car or telephone?"), and injury (e.g., "Have you
ever passed out from being hit by your partner?"). We also include items on sexual 
coercion (e.g., "Have you used physical force your partner to have sex with you?"),
but distinguish it from physical violence. The items included here were adapted from
prior studies that measure intimate partner violence in a variety of samples and 
contexts (Moffitt et al., 1997, 2000; Straus et al., 1996). The items can be scaled
in several ways, including (a) variety, prevalence and frequency, (b) seriousness, 
and (c) reciprocity within relationships. 

We also use this section to determine whether the romantic relationship asked about
earlier in the interview had violence. We ask whether any of a) the reported physical
violence, b) the psychological or aggression or controlling behavior or c) sexual 
coercion involved the partner named earlier as the most significant romantic 
relationship during the follow-up period. The name of this individual is pulled 
forward from earlier responses to make sure that the subject is referring to the
person named earlier. We also differentiate whether the research participant was the
victim, perpetrator, or both regarding each of these types of aggression in the 
identified relationship. These questions allow for a characterization of the earlier
named relationship as involving physical violence (Y/N) or nonphysical aggression 
(Y/N) and/or sexual coercion (Y/N). It also allows for each of these characterizations 
to becrossed by whether the research participant was the perpetrator or victim.

Consult the Pathways Study codebook for more information (
0 - 36627.0%
1 - 272.0%
2 - 201.5%
3 - 120.9%
4 - 90.7%
5 - 40.3%
6 - 30.2%
7 - 20.1%
Missing Data
-999 Dont Know 90.7%
-900 Skipped by mistake - sub not in federal facility 10.1%
-400 Measure not asked in this version 62746.3%
-201 IntCompStat = 4 missed interview 1229.0%
-100 Measure skipped - DoDV<>yes or FedPrs=1 15211.2%
Total 1,354 100%

Based upon 443 valid cases out of 1,354 total cases.

Location: 727-730 (width: 4; decimal: 0)

Variable Type: numeric

(Range of) Missing Values: -999 , -998 , -900 , -800 , -500 , -400 , -300 , -202 , -201 , -100


Source: This variable was taken from: Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Subject Measures, 2000-2010.

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Disclaimer: The frequencies for this variable may not be weighted. They are purely descriptive and may not be representative of the study population. Please use with caution and consult the study documentation.