Identification of women exposed to acute physical intimate partner violence

Author(s) Leppakoski, Tuija, Paivi Astedt-Kurki and Eija Paavilainen
Title Identification of women exposed to acute physical intimate partner violence in an emergency department setting in Finland
Source Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, December 2010, Vol. 24, Issue 4, pp 638-647
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage Finland
SummaryThe aim of this study was to describe the frequency of visits by women exposed to physical intimate partner violence (IPV) as estimated by the emergency department (ED) professionals and the identification of acute IPV. It was found that 48% of the ED professionals reported that they encountered women in IPV relationships at least once a month and approximately half of the professionals estimated that they had encountered these women 1-2 times a year or more often. The ED professionals reported difficulties in identifying women exposed to IPV and this is attributed mainly to the women's unwillingness to discuss the matter. The authors recommend coordinating the provision of training in violence issues and also evaluating the efficacy of training programs.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; emergency departments; identification; revictimisation
Topic Domestic violence; revictimisation