Intimate partner violence against deaf female college students

Melissa L. Anderson, University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester
Irene W. Leigh, Gallaudet University

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


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.