Predicting Abused Women With Children Who Return to a Shelter: Development and Use of a Rapid Assessment Triage Tool. Academic Article uri icon


  • To develop a tool to predict risk for return to a shelter, 150 women with children, exiting a domestic violence shelter, were evaluated every 4 months for 24 months to determine risk factors for returning to a shelter. The study identified four risk factors, including danger for murder, woman's age (i.e., older women), tangible support (i.e., access to money, transportation), and child witness to verbal abuse of the mother. An easy to use, quick triage tool with a weighted score was derived, which can identify with 90% accuracy abused women with children most likely to return to shelters.

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • McFarlane, J., Pennings, J., Liu, F., Gilroy, H., Nava, A., Maddoux, J. A., Montalvo-Liendo, N., & Paulson, R

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • McFarlane, Judith||Pennings, Jacquelyn||Liu, Fuqin||Gilroy, Heidi||Nava, Angeles||Maddoux, John A||Montalvo-Liendo, Nora||Paulson, RenĂ©

publication date

  • January 1, 2015 11:11 AM