University of Rhode Island Change Assessment - Domestic Violence (URICA-DV)

University of Rhode Island Change Assessment - Domestic Violence (URICA-DV) is a 20-item measure of batterers’, or perpetrators' readiness to end their violence. It covers four dimensions, including Precontemplation, Contemplation, Action, and Maintenance.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults


1. There's nothing I can do to end the violence in my relationship.
2. The violence in my relationship isn't a big deal.
3. It's O.K. to use violence as long as you don't hurt anyone.
4. There's no way I can control my violent impulses.
5. I don't see the point of focusing on the violence in my relationship.

6. I'm beginning to see that the violence in my relationship is a problem.
7. I wish I had more ideas about how to end the violence in my relationship.
8. I'm at a point in my life where I'm beginning to feel the harmful impact of my violent behavior.
9. More and more I'm seeing how my violence hurts my partner.
10. More and more I'm realizing that my violence is wrong.

11. I'm actively working on ending violence in my relationship.
12. I'm actually doing something to stop my violent behavior, not just thinking about it.
13. I'm making important changes and ending the violence in my life.
14. I'm finally doing something to end the violence.
15. Although at times it's difficult, I'm working on ending my violent behavior in my relationship.

16. I've been pretty successful in leading a violence-free life, but there are still times when I'm tempted to resort to violence.
17. I've ended the violence, but sometimes still struggle with the old urges that allowed the violence to happen in the first place.
18. I've made some changes and ended the violence, but I'm afraid of going back to the way I was before.
19. Although I haven't been violent in a while, I know it's possible for me to be violent again.
20. Although I've made the changes necessary to lead a violence-free life, there are still times when I'm tempted to use violence.

Response Options:
A 5-point Likert-type response format (1- strongly disagree to 5- strongly agree)

Scoring Procedures

Not Applicable

Original Citation

Levesque, D. A., Gelles, R. J., & Velicer, W. F. (2000). Development and validation of a stages of change measure for men in betterer treatment. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24(2), 175-199.

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