The Attitudes Towards Female Survivors of Sexual Violence Scale is a 16-item measure of the dimensions and correlates of attitudes toward survivors of sexual violence. The scale measures attitudes along the four dimensions of victim responsibility, victim denigration, victim credibility, and deservingness. The scale is derived from the Attitudes toward Rape Victim Scale (ARVS).
Geographies Tested: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
Disagree - 0
Neutral - 1
Agree - 3
*Items are reverse scored
Items area summed to create a total scale score ranging from 0 to 32. Higher scores denote less-favorable attitudes toward survivors.
Babalola, S. O. (2014). Dimensions and correlates of negative attitudes toward female survivors of sexual violence in Eastern DRC. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(9), 1679-1697. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260513511531
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