Safe Dates— Physical Violence Victimization

1. Scratched me
2. Slapped me
3. Physically twisted my arm
4. Slammed me or held me against a wall
5. Kicked me
6. Bent my fingers
7. Bit me
8. Tried to choke me
9. Pushed‚ grabbed‚ or shoved me
10. Dumped me out of a car
11. Threw something at me that hit me
12. Burned me
13. Hit me with a fist
14. Hit me with something hard besides a fist
15. Beat me up
16. Assaulted me with a knife or gun
This instrument can be found on page 22 of Measuring Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Perpetration: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
3= 10 or more times
2= 4 to 9 times
1= 1 to 3 times
0= Never
Scoring Instructions
Point values are indicated above. The physical victimization scale score is calculated by summing the point values of the 16 responses. The mean value can also be obtained by dividing the summed responses by the number of items (16). Higher scores are indicative of greater abuse. Scores can also be categorized such that “0” = no physical victimization‚ “1” = victimization occurred 1 to 3 times‚ and “2” indicates victimization occurred 3 or more times.

Foshee VA‚ Bauman KE‚ Arriaga XB‚ Helms RW‚ Koch GG‚ Linder GF. An evaluation of Safe Dates‚ an adolescent dating violence program. American Journal of Public Health 1998;88:45–50.

Foshee VA‚ Linder GF‚ Bauman KE‚ et al. The Safe Dates project: theoretical basis‚ evaluation design‚ and se‎lected baseline findings. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 1996;12:39–47.