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COJ Nursing & Healthcare

What can we do for Women Experienced Intimate Partner Violence?

Elaine CHOW*

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Tung Wah College, Hong Kong

*Corresponding author: Elaine CHOW, School of Nursing, Tung Wah College, 16/ F, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Hong Kong

Submission: July 29, 2019;Published: September 06, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/COJNH.2019.05.000615

ISSN: 2577-2007
Volume5 Issue3


Intimate partner violence is a significant public health problem globally and it is one of the most common forms of violence against women. Intimate partner violence also referred as “domestic violence” in some countries which can be happened in different forms such as physical violence, sexual violence, psychological abused, controlling behaviors [1-9]. According to the WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, the lifetime prevalence of women experiencing physical and/or sexual partner violence is between 15% and 71% in 15 sites in ten countries The report was based on a standardised population-based household survey with around 1,500 interviews carried out at each site in the ten countries [6].

Intimate partner violence causes various serious short-term and long-term healthrelated negative consequences on abused women, the consequences including physical related health problems such as bodily pains, bone fractures [3-14], bladder infections and sexually transmitted diseases [2]. Apart from physical negative consequences, the impact of intimate partner violence on mental health could be much more serious and longer-lasting. Abused women have a higher risk of developed mental health problems, depression and post- traumatic stress disorder are prevalent mental health consequences of intimate partner violence [10-14]. Not only the physical and psychological impact are well documented, the economic burden should not be underestimated, intimate partner violence increased the use of health care and social services, comparing when on-abused women, abused women attend emergency departments are more frequently [8,11]. In addition, children who are exposed to intimate partner violence have a higher risk of developing behavioral problems [7].

Interventions for Abused Women

In view of the high prevalence rate of intimate partner violence against women and its serious consequences on women, children, family and community, effective interventions are crucial. There were different types of interventions had been developed for abused women, the effectiveness of the interventions is uncertain [1,4,15]. Advocacy intervention is the intervention which is commonly used to reduce victimization. Advocacy intervention aims to empower the abused women by assisting the abused women to understand their situation and let them know the potential solutions.

However, the aims, content, implementation and delivery of the existing advocacy intervention are heterogeneous, the characteristics of each intervention vary across countries, different components have been added and the intervention has been modified [12].

It is obvious that the characteristics of the interventions should be designed based on the needs of the abused women and their culture, beliefs and preference. Therefore, listening to the abused women’s voices before building intervention is essential. And there is no single intervention or single model could address the needs of all abused women from different culture and diversity.

Role of Health Care Professional in Intimate Partner Violence

Effective intervention is vital for reducing victimization; however, appropriate screening and early identification of intimate partner violence victims are equally significant [13]. Health care professionals serve as an important role in this issue, this would involve adequate education and knowledge regarding intimate partner violence, whether they equip with the skills and techniques to identify the abused women and able to response to them with appropriate manner. Due to embarrassment and fear, abused women would hesitate to disclose. Hence, health care professional programmes or undergraduate curriculum incorporates intimate partner violence training could enhances their understanding and result in enhancing care to the abused women [5].


Intimate partner violence against women is a serious human rights abuse which should be addressed. Types of interventions offered to the intimate partner violence women should depends on the needs of the women, this informed by the types of abuse, severity and duration of abuse. In addition, personal history, economic status, culture and history of intimate partner violence should be considered and taken into account when designing the types of intervention for the abused women. Thus, interventions for abused women should be tailored in order to address their specified needs and providing individualized intervention would be an ideal approach for abused women who may have concerns and needs.

Abused women are the victims who need support in diverse aspects, nevertheless, interventions for perpetrator to reduce and stop their aggressive and abusive behavior should not be neglected. Identify the hidden cases and provide corresponding support, assist the women to get access to the available resources may be effective in reducing the prevalent rate and severity of the abuse.


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