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Measuring Domestic Violence Risk: An Exploration of Equivalence across Ethnic Groups  

Author:  Lisa Degiorgio Worthy .

Source: Volume 07, Number 04, Spring 2015 , pp.321-330(10)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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The purpose of this study was to expand research on the Domestic Violence Inventory (DVI) and its psychometric properties when used with minority populations. This study examined measurement invariance in a large sample of domestic violence offenders. This information provides critical information about the appropriateness of the DVI for screening racial/ethnic minority domestic violence offenders; as well as the accuracy of risk classifications across offender groups. Results revealed that less 1% of variance in DVI scores was attributed to race/ethnicity, confirmatory factor analysis confi rmed constructs across race/ethnic groups and measurement invariance revealed equivalency of the DVI constructs across minority groups.

Keywords: Domestic Violence Inventory (DVI); minority populations; health consequences; chronic pain; cardiovascular risk; neurological issues; depression; suicide; risk classification, supervision levels, and release decisions

Affiliations:  1: Thomas University.

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