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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2011 Jul-Sep;34(3):198-214. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182228cdc.

A theory-based primary health care intervention for women who have left abusive partners.

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  • 1Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. mfordg@uwo.ca


Although intimate partner violence is a significant global health problem, few tested interventions have been designed to improve women's health and quality of life, particularly beyond the crisis of leaving. The Intervention for Health Enhancement After Leaving is a comprehensive, trauma informed, primary health care intervention, which builds on the grounded theory Strengthening Capacity to Limit Intrusion and other research findings. Delivered by a nurse and a domestic violence advocate working collaboratively with women through 6 components (safeguarding, managing basics, managing symptoms, cautious connecting, renewing self, and regenerating family), this promising intervention is in the early phases of testing.

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