Identifying signs of intimate partner violence
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Identifying signs of intimate partner violence

Parveen Ali Lecturer, University of Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery
Julie McGarry Associate professor, University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences
Katie Dhingra Senior lecturer, Leeds Beckett University School of Social, Psychological and Communication

Parveen Ali and colleagues explain how nurses in urgent care settings can recognise and manage different types of physical abuse

Intimate partner violence is a major public health and social problem that affects people everywhere. Nurses can play an important role in identifying victims who present to healthcare settings with domestic abuse-related health issues.

Evidence suggests that most women who present to emergency departments have experienced domestic abuse at some point in their lives, but that only 5% are identified by healthcare professionals. To identify and respond to victims effectively, emergency nurses must understand domestic abuse and its associated complexities.

This article provides an overview of these issues, including the different types of abuse, and their prevalence, causes and effects on health. The article also explores how emergency nurses can identify and manage the effects of violence at work.

Emergency Nurse. 23, 9, 25-29. doi: 10.7748/en.23.9.25.s25


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 September 2015

Accepted: 10 December 2015

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