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Reliability of Intimate Partner Violence measures: A qualitative investigation.


Intimate Partner Violence (IPV; domestic violence) is under reported to medical and legal practitioners and in research. Researchers have noted that information about IPV is sometimes reported inconsistently across ALSWH surveys. For example, some women have indicated that they have experienced violence from a partner or spouse at one survey but later responded that they have never had this experience. By speaking with women who have responded inconsistently to questions that ask about violence, we aim to explain underreporting of IPV and make recommendations that will facilitate more accurate measurement of IPV. More broadly, insights gained from this research may assist practitioners in facilitating disclosures of IPV.