Intimate Partner Violence Research Project

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The National Center on Injury Prevention and Control, a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, awarded a grant to the Deaf Wellness Center to study intimate partner violence (IPV) affecting the Deaf community.  This three-year project, which began in August, 2010, is investigating investigate characteristics of IPV perpetrators who are involved in relationships where one or both partners are deaf and communicate via American Sign Language (ASL).  The project is also examining IPV behaviors that are associated with the greater risk of injury.  Dr. Robert Pollard, Director of the DWC is leading the project. The project is now entering its third of four phases. The first phase involved a series in-depth videophone-based interviews individuals who provide services to deaf IPV perpetrators or individuals who experience IPV. The second phase involved interviews with deaf individuals who have experienced IPV. The third phase involves interviews with individuals who have behaved in a physically violent or sexually coercive manner in a relationship where one or both partners is a deaf ASL-user. The interviews are being conducted with respondents from all around the United States. The study team is comparing the interview findings with information regarding IPV perpetrators gained from studies of hearing perpetrators and hearing persons who have experienced IPV. The fourth phase of the study will involve three focus groups, comprised of the same three groups of individuals mentioned above. The focus group meetings will feature presentations of the project team’s preliminary videophone interview findings and seek the focus groups’ input regarding those findings. 

A number of researchers are collaborating on this project, including researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, URMC’s National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR), and experts on IPV in both deaf and hearing populations from around the country.  Previous research conducted at NCDHR has shown that IPV affecting the Deaf community is an important issue that warrants further study.  Ultimately, this Deaf Wellness Center’s study will yield recommendations for future research and intervention to reduce and prevent IPV and IPV-related injury in the Deaf community.

Download the DWC’s CDC IPV Research Project Overview.

For more information about this research project, send an email to Dr. Robert Pollard.

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