A safety awareness program for women with diverse disabilities: a randomized controlled trial

Violence Against Women. 2014 Jul;20(7):846-68. doi: 10.1177/1077801214543387. Epub 2014 Jul 16.


Women with diverse disabilities (N = 213), recruited through 10 centers for independent living (CILs), were randomly assigned to either a personal safety awareness program or usual care. The 8-week program, led by CIL staff, was designed to increase safety awareness, abuse and safety knowledge, safety skills, safety self-efficacy, social support, and safety promoting behaviors. All participants completed pre-, post-, and 6-month follow-up questionnaires. Results revealed that participation in a brief safety awareness program may improve safety protective factors among women with disabilities who vary widely in their experience with abuse. The program holds promise for enhancing safety among women with disabilities.

Keywords: abuse; disability; intervention; women.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Awareness
  • Curriculum
  • Disabled Persons / education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence / prevention & control*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Safety / standards*
  • Self Efficacy*