Computerized aid improves safety decision process for survivors of intimate partner violence

Nancy Glass, Karen B. Eden, Tina Bloom, Nancy Perrin

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A computerized safety decision aid was developed and tested with Spanish or English-speaking abused women in shelters or domestic violence (DV) support groups (n = 90). The decision aid provides feedback about risk for lethal violence, options for safety, assistance with setting priorities for safety, and a safety plan personalized to the user. Women reported that the decision aid was useful and provided much-needed privacy for making safety decisions. The majority (69%) reported severe to extreme danger in their relationship as scored by Danger Assessment (DA); only 60% reported having made a safety plan. After using the safety decision aid, the women felt more supported in their decision (p = .012) and had less total decisional conflict (p = .014). The study demonstrated that a computerized safety decision aid improved the safety planning process, as demonstrated by reduced decisional conflict after only one use in a sample of abused women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1947-1964
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2010


  • computer-assisted decision making
  • safety planning
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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