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abuse, intervention, randomized clinical trial, safety, women



  1. McFarlane, Judith
  2. Malecha, Ann
  3. Gist, Julia
  4. Watson, Kathy
  5. Batten, Elizabeth
  6. Hall, Iva
  7. Smith, Sheila


Background: Although intimate partner violence is recognized as a major threat to women's health, few interventions have been developed or tested.


Objective: To test an intervention administered to abused women in order to increase safety-seeking behaviors.


Method: A two-group clinical trial randomized 75 abused women to receive six telephone intervention sessions on safety behaviors. A control group of 75 women received standard care. Women in both groups were re-interviewed at 3 months and 6 months post-initial measurement.


Results: Using repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA), we found significantly [F (2,146) 5.11, p = .007] more adopted safety behaviors reported by women in the intervention group than by women in the control group at both the 3-month [F (91,74) = 19.70, p < .001] and 6-month [F (1,74) = 15.90, p < .001] interviews. The effect size (ES) of the intervention was large at 3 months (ES = 1.5) and remained substantial at 6 months (ES = 0.56).


Discussion: These findings demonstrate that an intervention to increase safety behaviors of abused women is highly effective when offered following an abusive incident and remains effective for 6 months.