Clinical Practice

Resources for nurses to improve their clinical practice in sexual and reproductive health and abortion care.

Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Screening Tools for Nurses

January, 23 2017

Resources for nurses to provide care to patients who report sexual assault or a history of intimate partner violence

intimate partner violence tools nursesCore competencies in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) for health care providers in the U.S. include “Identify patients who have experienced sexual coercion, violence,abuse or exploitation and provide counseling and/or referrals as needed” (Cappiello, Nothnagle & Levi, 2015). Helping nursing students learn how to do this can be challenging. RhN suggests several resources that nurse educators can use in their teaching to help students’ develop competence in this clinical area.

  1. The Office of Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a fact sheet for health care providers about screening for intimate partner violence (IPV) and what to do if a patient discloses a positive history.
  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also features a number of fact sheets, reports, epidemiologic data and other resources for providers on IPV/DV and sexual assault.
  3. The organization Futures without Violence has developed many resources that address violence, including intimate partner and sexual violence. Some of these are tailored specifically to health care settings and providers, and nursing students may find them informative and useful for their future work with patients.