Intimate partner violence against deaf female college students

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

Publication Date


Document Type



Adolescent; *Aggression; Battered Women; *Coercion; Crime Victims; Female; Humans; Male; Persons With Hearing Impairments; Prevalence; Rape; Sexual Partners; Spouse Abuse; Students; United States; Universities; Young Adult


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Women's Health


It has been estimated that roughly 25% of all Deaf women in the United States are victims of intimate partner violence (Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services [ADWAS]), a figure similar to annual prevalence rates of 16% to 30% for intimate partners in the general population. One goal of the present study was to ascertain the prevalence of intimate partner violence victimization in a sample of Deaf female college students. When comparing the prevalence of physical assault, psychological aggression, and sexual coercion victimization to hearing female undergraduates, the current sample was approximately two times as likely to have experienced victimization in the past year.

DOI of Published Version



Violence Against Women. 2011 Jul;17(7):822-34. doi: 10.1177/1077801211412544. Epub 2011 Jun 15. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Violence against women


At the time of publication, Melissa Anderson was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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