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Women’s health & midwifery
Intimate partner violence educational programmes may improve healthcare professionals’ knowledge of and readiness to respond to women’s experiences of violence
  1. Rebecca J. Seymour1,
  2. Susan M. Jack2
  1. 1Centre for Intelligent Healthcare, Coventry University, Coventry, West Midlands, UK
  2. 2School of Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rebecca J. Seymour, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK; rebeccajseymour{at}gmail.com

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Commentary on: Kalra N, Hooker L, Reisenhofer S, et al. Training healthcare providers to respond to intimate partner violence against women. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2021;5:CD012423. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012423.PUB2

Implications for practice and research

  • Intimate partner violence (IPV) education programmes for healthcare providers should be regular and augmented by the implementation of system (or institution)-wide resources, pathways and policies to support individuals in successfully addressing women’s experiences of violence.

  • Future evaluations of training programmes should include assessments that measure actual (not just perceived) behavioural outcomes in practice and examine the relationship between providers’ educational outcomes and women’s safety and well-being.

Context

Global estimates indicate that approximately one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual IPV, or non-partner violence, across their lifespan.1 Experiences of IPV have significant short-term and long-term impacts on women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and their children’s well-being. Healthcare providers (HCPs) are well positioned to identify and respond to IPV. The World Health Organization’s (WHO)2 clinical and policy guidelines for health sectors’ response to IPV strongly …

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