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Randomised controlled trial
Women find safety planning more useful than referrals in a maternal and child health IPV intervention
  1. Camille Burnett1,
  2. Loraine Bacchus2
  1. 1Family, Community and Mental Health Systems, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA;
  2. 2Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Camille Burnett, Family, Community and Mental Health Systems University of Virginia School of Nursing, 202 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903-3388, USA; cjb4yw{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • This study raises critical points about establishing trust before screening and that women used safety plans more than referrals.

  • Inclusion of women with intimate partner violence (IPV) in the intervention development phase and examining use of social supports and their influence on referral use are areas that could shed light on these findings.

  • Incorporating a trauma-informed approach to IPV screening interventions that recognises trauma across the lifespan would be welcomed insight for future practice.

  • The impact of the quality of provider–client relationship on screening and referral rates should be explored.

  • Identifying how …

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  • Competing interests None declared.