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Health Education and Promotion


Linnaya Graf


AbstractIntimate partner violence (IPV) is a global health education and promotion burden that has affected one in four women in the United States between the ages of 18-24, who are at increased risk of subsequent negative health outcomes of sexually transmitted inflections, mental health and substance abuse disorders, exacerbated suicidal ideations, and death. Exploring the health education needs and learning preferences of women affected by IPV who have utilized self-management strategies during safety planning interventions was the purpose for this phenomenological qualitative study and aligned the four research questions. SurveyMonkey was used to conduct interviews of 30 women align with a semi structured interview guide with open-ended questions. The data were thematically analyzed with Braun and Clarke’s six step framework. The socioecological model was used to frame and ground the study. The results revealed five core themes: (a) Develop safety plan with a counselor who can relate; (b) Therapy facilitated accountability, behavior changes, and assisted with negative consequences of IPV; (c) Law enforcement facilitated linkage to other services and the negative consequences of IPV; (d) Lack of public awareness campaigns on IPV; and (e) Behavioral health workers promoted utilization of self-management techniques. Recommendations include conducting future research of the impact peer administered supports have when providing care to women affected by IPV. The results can promote positive social change by implementing evidenced based practices, such as teach back, targeted at providers to promote clear communications to influence safety planning interventions.