Domestic Violence Coping Self-Efficacy Measure (DV-CSE)

1.    Feeling good about myself‚ since the most recent assault.
2.    Managing feelings of grief‚ loss‚ and abandonment after the latest attack.
3.    Managing my housing‚ food‚ clothes‚ and medical needs‚ since the most recent assault.
4.    Managing feelings of depression and/or suicidal thoughts‚ since my partner attacked me.
5.    Handling feelings of hopelessness and helplessness‚ since the most recent assault.
6.    Controlling thoughts that I am going crazy‚ since my latest assault.
7.    Managing my feelings of guilt and self-blame about the abuse.
8.    Handling fears of being alone after the latest assault.
9.    Handling feelings of anger/rage at my partner‚ since the most recent assault.
10.Managing my desire to have closure of my relationship with the abuser.
11.Controlling feelings of anxiety and panic after the latest assault.
12.Coping with loneliness and isolation‚ since the most recent attack.
13.Dealing with nightmares/flashbacks concerning the latest assault.
14.Thinking that I am a competent woman‚ since the most recent assault.
15.Dealing with feelings of shame concerning the abuse.
16.Coping with feeling completely overwhelmed with everything since the most recent assault.
17.Being able to concentrate and effectively handle my home‚ job‚ and parenting responsibilities.
18.Dealing with my anxiety about the future without my partner.
19.Controlling thoughts that “I just can’t handle this.”
20.Being strong emotionally for my family and friends.
21.Managing my own spiritual pain‚ since the most recent assault.
22.Trusting anyone.
23.Coping with my appearance‚ since the most recent assault.
24.Dealing with feelings of sadness.
25.Controlling negative thoughts about myself (for example‚ “I am stupid‚” “I am to blame‚” “I am a loser‚” “I screw-up everything‚” “I deserved to be attacked”).
26.Coping with loss of the “good” aspects of my relationship with the man who assaulted me.
27.Coping with the feelings that family and friends just don’t understand.
28.Handling feelings of embarrassment.
29.Dealing with rejection from others since the latest attack.
30.Handling feelings of inadequacy
0= Not Capable to 100= Totally Capable
This instrument can be found at:

Benight‚ C. C.‚ Harding-Taylor‚ A. S.‚ Midboe‚ A. M.‚ & Durham‚ R. L. (2004). Development and psychometric validation of a domestic violence coping self-efficacy measure (DV-CSE). Journal of Traumatic Stress‚ 17(6)‚ 505–508.

Benight et al.‚ (2004). Domestic Violence Coping Self-Efficacy Measure . In: Simmons C. A.‚ Lehmann P. (eds). Tools for strengths-based assessment and evaluation‚ New York‚ NY: Springer‚ pp. 303-305. (2013). Google Scholar

Benight‚ C.C.‚ Shoji‚ K‚ James‚ L.E.‚ Waldrep‚ E.E.‚ Delahanty‚ D.L.‚ and Cieslak‚ R. (2015).  Trauma Coping Self-Efficacy: A Context Specific Self-Efficacy Measure for Traumatic Stress. Psychol Trauma‚ 7(6)‚ 591–599.