Risk for reassault in abusive female same-sex relationships

Am J Public Health. 2008 Jun;98(6):1021-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.117770. Epub 2008 Apr 29.


Objectives: We revised the Danger Assessment to predict reassault in abusive female same-sex relationships.

Methods: We used focus groups and interviews to evaluate the assessment tool and identify new risk factors and telephone interviews at baseline and at 1-month follow-up to evaluate the revised assessment.

Results: The new assessment tool comprised 8 original and 10 new items. Predictors included increase in physical violence (relative risk ratio [RRR]=1.95; 95% confidence interval [CI]=0.84, 4.54), constant jealousy or possessiveness of abuser (RRR = 4.07; 95% CI = 0.61, 27.00), cohabitation (RRR = 1.96; 95% CI = 0.54, 7.12), threats or use of gun by abuser (RRR=1.93; 95% CI=0.79, 4.75), alcoholism or problem drinking of abuser (RRR=1.47; 95% CI=0.79, 2.71), illegal drug use or abuse of prescription medications by abuser (RRR = 1.33; 95% CI = 0.72, 2.46), stalking by abuser (RRR=1.39; 95% CI=0.70, 2.76), failure of individuals to take victim seriously when she sought help (RRR=1.66; 95% CI=0.90, 3.05), victim's fear of reinforcing negative stereotypes (RRR=1.42; 95% CI=0.73, 2.77), and secrecy of abuse (RRR=1.72; 95% CI=0.74, 3.99). Both unweighted (P < .005) and weighted (P < .004) versions of the revised assessment were significant predictors of reassault.

Conclusions: The revised Danger Assessment accurately assesses risk of re-assault in abusive female relationships.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression*
  • Battered Women / psychology*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Homosexuality, Female*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Risk