Murray A. Straus

Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH 03824  603-862-2594




The name International Dating Violence Research Consortium will be shorted in this document to The Consortium




A. The organizer and Principle Investigator (PI) of the Consortium is Murray A. Straus, of the University of New Hampshire, USA.


B. The participating researchers who will gather the data at each site will be referred to as “Site Co-Investigators or SCI’s, or as members of the Consortium.  The group as a whole will be referred to as the Consortium.


C. The person(s) responsible for gathering the data at each site will be identified as the "Site Co-Investigator(s) or SCI(s), or as members of the Consortium.


D. If there is more than one SCI for a site, one of the SCI’s will serve as the “Communicating SCI” for purposes of sending materials (such as test answer forms) to a site.  All other communications will be sent by email to all Consortium member.




            The SCI agrees to follow the procedures to provide for informed consent, privacy, and safety of the participants, as given in the document PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERNATIONAL DATING VIOLENCE RESEARCH STUDY




A.  Each SCI has the exclusive right to use the data from his/her site for purposes of reporting results for his/her site, and the exclusive right to grant permission to others to use the data from his/her site, except that the PI will have the right to use the data under the following conditions:


1.      The purpose is to do a cross-site comparative analysis.


2.      The site investigators involved are offered the opportunity to be co-authors (see Authorship of Comparative Papers below).


3.      A paper based on a cross-site comparative analysis may not be submitted until a year after the data for each of the sites in the comparative analysis become available for analysis by the SCIs.  However, the SCIs may grant permission for a comparative paper to be submitted prior to one year after the data become available.


B. If a SCI wishes to use the data from other sites, he or she must have permission from the SCI who gathered the data, and must inform the PI of the plan before the work starts and sufficiently far in advance to provide the opportunity to offer non-binding comments and suggestions.


C. Use of the data by graduate students for seminar papers, theses and dissertations:


            1. The SCI has the sole right to permit students to use the data from his/her site for analyses of the data for that site.


                        2. Data from another site can only be used under the conditions specified in B above.


D. Authorship of comparative papers


            1. Each SCI will be one of the authors of at least one comparative article on the basis of providing the data for their site.  Co-authorship of additional articles will be based on additional contributions to that paper, such as contributing to the idea and conceptual focus for the paper, doing some of the data analysis, or writing part of the article.


            2. In the case of articles reporting results from many or all the sites, if a journal does not permit including all the SCI’s as authors, the consortium members who are most directly involved in the data analysis and writing will be named, followed by  “and the International Dating Violence Research Consortium.  There will be a footnote listing as co-authors in alphabetical order the members of the consortium whose data was analyzed for the article.


            3. A group of SCIs may develop a plan for a set of papers that includes an explicit agreement for who will be the authors and the order of authorship for each paper.  The PI must be informed of the plan before work on it starts, and have the opportunity to offer non-binding comments and suggestions.




A. Information and consulting appropriate for each stage of the research from obtaining data through data analysis and reporting the results in journal articles.


B. For SCIs who use machine scored answer sheets to obtain the data, the PI will provide:


                        1. Copies of the appropriate NCS machine scored answer sheet.


                        2. Scan the answer sheets and provide a disk with the questionnaire responses in SPSS format.

                        3. Compute scale scores for all Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS) and Personal and Relationship Profile (PRP) scales, and include these score on the data disk.


C. For SCI's who do not use machine scored answer sheets


                        1. The SCI will provide the PI with a computer disk containing responses to all questionnaire items.  If possible, this will be in SPSS format for use with the Windows operating system.  If that is not possible, the SCI will consult with the PI about the format for the data disk.


                        2. The PI will use the disk to compute the Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS) and Personal and Relationship Profile (PRP) scale scores and provide a disk with these scores to the SCI.




            If there is a disagreement between members of the consortium that the parties cannot resolve, the first recourse will be to arrange for a mutually agreed third party to try to mediate the dispute.  If the mediation does not result in an agreement, the parties must submit the dispute to binding arbitration by a mutually agreed third part.  The third party mediator or arbitrator may be any member of the consortium except the PI, or some other person that the parties agree on.   The parties to the dispute will share the costs of the mediation or arbitration.



I agree to the provisions described above:



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