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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Robert Anders


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant public health problem in the United States and worldwide. A recent U.S. crime report indicated that close to half of all homicides involve women victims of current or former intimate partners. The purpose of this doctoral project was to develop a training program to educate clinicians in the primary care setting on IPV screening. Participants received education on the Hurt, Insult, Threaten, Scream (HITS) screening tool to identify IPV survivors with available referral resources. The practice-focused question involved clinicians' level of knowledge regarding using the HITS tool kit to screen for IPV in a primary care setting. Bandura's self-efficacy and social learning theory guided the development and implementation of the project. A team of 5 experts rated the relevance of the educational material, content, and learning objectives using Lynn's model. Five clinical staff participated in the project. Their knowledge of IPV screening and referral was assessed before and after education. The findings indicated that the training program was effective. The results showed that clinicians gained increased knowledge of IPV screening and increased knowledge of the use of the HITS tool, and that referral of survivors to resources increased by 16%. Recommendations included regular training of both clinical and nonclinical staff on IPV screening. Improved knowledge of IPV screening among healthcare providers may result in improvement in the identification of IPV survivors and referral of survivors to available resources.

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