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Combining Ethical Considerations with Recruitment and Follow-Up Strategies for Partner Violence Victimization Research

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 14 Issue: 11 Dated: November 2008 Pages: 1226-1251
TK Logan; Robert Walker; Lisa Shannon; Jennifer Cole
Date Published
November 2008
26 pages
This article presents information about ethical considerations and recruitment strategies for partner violence victims.
Results indicate that close attention to research ethics does not impede but may actually enhance recruitment and followup strategies; researchers must place an extraordinarily high premium on the value of the individual research participant. Nine key themes emerged across the five different methods that were important to consider in research ethics as well as community-based research with partner violence victims: community collaboration, emphasizing study participation benefits, consideration of transportation and child care, consideration of partner issues, increasing participant comfort, ensuring participant understanding of the research process and goals, considering the necessity and challenges of home visits, interviewer flexibility, and participant safety and data quality monitoring. This study used several methods to compile information about ethical conduct in research with vulnerable participants as well as recruitment and followup strategies, including literature reviews, key informant interviews, focus group interviews, a pilot study to test implementation ideas, and documentation of recruitment and followup efforts in a large, longitudinal study of 757 women with partner violence victimization experience. It should be noted that all of the methods, except the literature reviews were approved by the University of Kentucky Human Subjects Internal Review Board. Tables, references