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Nursing issues
Children’s healthcare nurses should receive education in discussing intimate partner violence with new mothers
  1. Kathleen Baird
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Meadowbrook, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kathleen Baird, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4212, Australia; k.baird{at}

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Commentary on: Anderzen-Carlsson, A. Gillå, C. Lind, M, et al. Child healthcare nurses’ experiences of asking new mother about intimate partner violence. J Clin Nurs 2018;27:2752–62.

Implications for practice and research

  • Timely identification of women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) can lead to early intervention and support to reduce the adverse impact of exposure on maternal and infant health.

  • For healthcare professionals to feel confident and prepared for routine enquiry for IPV, they must have access to robust training, including referral pathways that are specific to the community they serve.

  • Further research is required to assess the long-term outcomes of routine enquiry for domestic violence and abuse.


IPV is any behaviour within an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm. Globally, one in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence from a partner.1 We now also know about the harmful short-term and long-term effects to …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.