Impact of Culturally Specific Danger Assessment on Safety Mental Health and Empowerment of Immigrant and Indigenous Women in the US

Project: Research project

Project Details


Arizona State University shall cooperate with the Johns Hopkins University to complete the study, Culturally Competent Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment for Immigrant and Indigenous Women in the United States. Any effort to assist victims or manage perpetrators of IPV implies a calculation of risk, and victims of IPV should be educated about their risk and potential risk factors. The use of IPV risk assessment within the field is growing, as is awareness that risk factors for re-assault, severe re-assault, and homicide are not the same across diverse populations of IPV victims. The reauthorization of VAWA, and the special protections afforded to immigrant and indigenous victims of IPV, highlight the need for risk assessment procedures to identify high risk groups of women from these linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The Danger Assessment (DA) is the only IPV risk assessment instrument that is being adapted to suit the unique needs of these special populations. Pilot work has been done to revise the DA to focus on the specific risk factors for immigrant women and indigenous women, though neither of these risk assessment instruments have been tested prospectively. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to refine and test prospectively IPV risk assessments for immigrant and indigenous women in the US.

In its role as a subcontractor on this grant, Arizona State University will assist the Johns Hopkins University in several tasks. As the co-Investigator in Arizona, Jill Messing, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University will be responsible for implementing qualitative and quantitative study procedures in designated geographic regions (including Arizona, Oklahoma, and California). In order to achieve this aim, Dr. Messing will be responsible for human subjects compliance at Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Messing will also hire and assist in training research assistants from ASU. Dr. Messing and the ASU research assistants will recruit and retain survivors of domestic violence in the research study as detailed in the grant application. Dr. Messing will additionally assist with dissemination of the study findings.
Effective start/end date9/14/158/31/19


  • HHS-NIH: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD): $387,115.00


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