Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 2 Issue: 4

The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH

Deborah Loxton1*, Jennifer Powers1, David Fitzgerald2, Peta Forder1, Amy Anderson1, Angela Taft3 and Kelsey Hegarty4
1Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 2308, Australia
2University of Queensland, Australia
3Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mother and Child Health Research Centre, La Trobe University, Australia
4Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Australia
Corresponding author : Deborah Loxton
Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 2308, Australia
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: March 22, 2013 Accepted: July 10, 2013 Published: July 15, 2013
Citation: Loxton D, Powers J, Fitzgerald D, Forder P, Anderson A, et al. (2013) The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH. J Womens Health, Issues Care 2:4. doi:10.4172/2325-9795.1000115

Abstract

The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH

Research examining the prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is limited by a lack of comprehensive measurement tools. While the Composite Abuse Scale (CAS) was designed to assess multiple forms of partner abuse, to date it has been primarily used in clinical samples and has not been applied to the broader community. This study aimed to validate a version of the CAS that was modified to suit community distribution (CCAS).

Keywords: Partner abuse; Domestic violence; Intimate partner violence; Emotional abuse; Physical abuse

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