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Domestic Abuse: Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Abuse of Adults

Relating the bulleted points in the Risk Sensitive Populations introduction to this section, studies can focus on abused adults, they can include abused adults in the study but abuse is not the topic of the study, or the researcher inadvertently learns of adult abuse during his interaction with the participant. For the first two scenarios, it is important to consider the points in the How do I include a risk-sensitive population section and apply these to your protocol and procedures. In addition, specific concerns related to this group are described in the Including victims of domestic abuse in a study.

The remaining pages in this section cover how to report an abusive situation if you encounter it while conducting your study. If your study involves at-risk adults, especially if you are working intimately with them, there is always the possibility that you could discover evidence of abuse. It is important to make yourself aware of the signs of abuse, your reporting responsibilities, and where to report any suspicion. If you are working with an at-risk population, you will need to demonstrate that you are qualified and capable of working with this population.

Section Topics

Including Victims of Domestic Abuse in a Study
Reporting Domestic Abuse

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