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Role of nursing education to facilitate nursing students’ competency to recognise and respond to intimate partner violence
  1. Anna van der Wath
  1. University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Professor Anna van der Wath, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa; annatjie.vanderwath{at}

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Commentary on: Shaqiqi W, Innab A. Attitude and preparedness of nursing students in Saudi Arabia concerning the managing of intimate partner violence. J Adv Nurs. 2022 Sep 5. doi: 10.1111/jan.15424. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses’ competency to recognise and respond to women exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) should be facilitated during undergraduate nursing training.

  • Research needs to generate evidence for the best educational strategies to facilitate and integrate these competencies into nursing education curricula.


International guidelines1 require healthcare professionals to identify women exposed to IPV, and manage them based on their healthcare needs. To capacitate nurses to effectively respond to these women, undergraduate curricula should include learning outcomes based on evidence-based practice. Shaqiqi and Innab assessed the attitudes of nursing students and their preparedness to manage IPV.2 The study assessed …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.