Malayalam Domestic Violence Scale

The Malayalam Domestic Violence Scale is a 20-item measure of individual experience of acts of domestic violence over the past 1 year, based on the National Family Health Survey – 3 Questionnaire (International Institute for Population Sciences & Macro International 2007) and the India SAFE Questionnaire (Kumar et al. 2005). The scale includes physical and psychological aspects of intimate partner violence.


High Psychometric Score

ITEMS:

1. Did not permit to meet/interact with female friends
2. Restricted interaction with your family members
3. Did not permit to handle money
4. Did not permit to chose/buy things
5. Irritated/suspicious/angry if you talked to other men
6. Accused you of being unfaithful
7. Treated you like a servant
8. Did not allow you to partake in decision-making
9. He kept away from home for days or weeks without informing you/giving you money
10. He was unfaithful to you/had extra-marital relationships
11. Did not react against his relatives/agreed with his relatives, when they insulted you
12. Insulted you in front of others
13. Threatened to harm you physically
14. Slapped you
15. Beat you on other body parts
16. Twisted your arm/pulled your hair
17. Kicked you/dragged you
18. Choked you or inflicted burns on you
19. Ignored your purposely, by not having sexual intercourse with you for weeks
20. Had sexual intercourse with you forcibly, when you were not interested

Response Options:
Never - 0
1-2 times - 1
3-5 times - 2
6-10 times - 3
11 times or more - 4

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

India

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Responses for each question are summed, so the total score of the scale ranges from 0 to 80, with higher scores reflecting greater experience of domestic violence.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Indu, P. V., Vidhukumar, K., Subha, N., Remadevi, S., & Anilkumar, T. V. (2011). Development and validation of the Domestic Violence Questionnaire in married women aged 18-55 years. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 53(3), 218. https://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5545.86811

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 8.00/9 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

MEDIUM

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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