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J Forensic Nurs. 2006 Winter;2(4):184-8.

Intimate partner violence screening and treatment: the importance of nursing caring behaviors.

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  • 1Forensic Nurse Examiner Program, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA, USA.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major health concern worldwide. It is the primary cause of traumatic injury to women and one of the leading causes of death for pregnant women. Emergency department (ED) nurses are in a unique position to identify, IPV victims, however, many hospital EDs do not perform routine screenings. This article reviews the literature associated with barriers to screening for IPV and victim's experiences when seeking care in an ED following IPV.

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