The Abusive Behavior Inventory is a 30-item instrument measuring the frequency of physical and psychological abuse of women, perpetrated by their partners. Features captured by the physical abuse items are classifed as assaultive behaviors, including force. The psychological abuse items are separated into 7 subcategories: emotional abuse (humiliation or degradation), isolation (restriction of social contact), intimidation (frighten with actions or gestures), threats (of harm to self or others), use of male privilege (compliance demanded based on belief of male entitlement), and economic abuse (restriction of financial resources).
Circle a number of each of the items listed below to show your closest estimate of how often it happened in your relationship with your partner or former partner during the six months prior (the time frame for reporting abuse can be modified to fit the needs of research setting).
Never - 1
Rarely - 2
Occasionally - 3
Frequently - 4
Very Frequently - 5
Shepard, M. F., & Campbell, J. A. (1992). The Abusive Behavior Inventory: A measure of psychological and physical abuse. Journal of interpersonal violence, 7(3), 291-305.
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