Safe Dates— Psychological Abuse Perpetration

1. Damaged something that belonged to them.
2. Said things to hurt their feelings on purpose.
3. Insulted them in front of others.
4. Threw something at them that missed.
5. Would not let them do things with other people.
6. Threatened to start dating someone else.
7. Told them they could not talk to someone of the opposite sex.
8. Started to hit them but stopped.
9. Did something just to make them jealous.
10. Blamed them for bad things I did.
11. Threatened to hurt them.
12. Made them describe where they were every minute of the day.
13. Brought up something from the past to hurt them.
14. Put down their looks.
This instrument can be found on page 135 of Measuring Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Perpetration: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
3= Very Often
2= Sometimes
1= Seldom
0= Never
The psychological abuse victimization score is calculated by summing responses across all 14 items. Summed scores are recoded as follows:
• 0 = 0 and indicates no perpetration.
• 1–5 = 1 and indicates mild psychological abuse.
• 6–9 = 2 and indicates moderate psychological abuse.
• 10 and greater = 3 and indicates severe psychological abuse.

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.