The Domestic Violence Survivor Assessment (DVSA): A tool for individual counseling with women experiencing intimate partner violence

Jacqueline Dienemann, Nancy Ellen Glass, Ginger Hanson, Kathleen Lunsford

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The Domestic Violence Survivor Assessment (DVSA) was developed to measure survivor movement toward a violence free life over time. This paper reports our testing of the validity and reliability of the DVSA. Exploratory factor analysis (n = 162) found a single factor explaining 66% of the variance. Hierarchical multiple regression indicated that physical abuse severity, survivor and perpetrator substance abuse, economic and citizenship dependency, and children under 18 at home explained 10% of the variance p .05. A second model examined the strength of interventions for survivors, controlling for influencing factors; R2 was.24 (p .001). The strongest interventions were individual counseling (p .001) and resource referrals and other services (p .05). The DVSA was found to have construct validity, sensitivity to change over time, and reliability. A county agency that adopted the DVSA evaluated its programs using the DVSA change scores and used this evaluation for program improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-925
Number of pages13
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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