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Community Support in Times of Crises: If Beaten By Husband

The Community Support in Times of Crises: If Beaten By Husband uses 5 items from the Women’s Empowerment – Multidimensional Evaluation of Agency, Social Capital & Relations (WE‐MEASR) tool. This scale measures the availability of aid outside of one’s immediate family during experience of intimate partner violence as part of a woman’s social capital.

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Geographies Tested: Ethiopia,Kenya,Malawi

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

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(Interviewer): Now I'm going to tell you about some different situations, and I will ask you to tell me who, apart from your immediate family, you might turn to for help in these situations.

Try to imagine that your husband has beaten you. This may have never happened, but try to imagine being in that situation. Again, you don't have to answer any questions that you don't want to. Also, if we are interrupted by another person, I will pause the interview or change the subject in order to maintain privacy.

  1. So, if your husband has beaten you severely, how sure are you that there is someone in your community, apart from your immediate family, who you could talk to about your problem?
  2. How sure are you that there is someone in your community, apart from your immediate family, who you could go to for advice?
  3. How sure are you that there is someone in your community, apart from your immediate family, who could take you to the hospital?
  4. How sure are you that there is someone in your community, apart from your immediate family, who would help care for your children or household while you are away?
  5. How sure are you that there is someone in your community, apart from your immediate family, who would loan you money for transport?

Response Options:

Completely sure = 5

Somewhat sure = 4

Neither sureUnsure =3

Somewhat unsure = 2

Not at all sure = 1

Scoring Procedures

The scale score is the average of the item scores, and ranges from 1-5. A higher score indicates greater community support.

Original Citation

CARE USA. (2014). Women’s Empowerment – Multidimensional Evaluation of Agency, Social Capital & Relations (WE‐MEASR): A tool to measure women’s empowerment in sexual, reproductive and maternal health programs. Atlanta, GA

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