Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Social Welfare


Harriet Goodman

Committee Members

Elizabeth Capezuti

Rufina Lee

Subject Categories

Critical Care Nursing | Social Work


IPV Screening, Healthcare, Nursing, Nursing Education, Intimate Partner Violence


Using descriptive and quality descriptive (QD) analysis, emergency department nurses from around the country completed a modified version of the Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey (PREMIS) tool to gain insight on their attitudes, knowledge, and preparedness about working with patient survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) regarding their willingness to and comfort in engaging in IPV screening practices. In total, 1,523 responses were received from emergency department nurses currently or formerly in practice.

Findings show that there was no correlation between emergency department nurses’ education and training on IPV and willingness and comfort with IPV screening with patients, which diverges from the current literature that notes that the largest factors in low IPV screening rates among nurses are insufficient or lack of education and training on IPV. Moreover, knowledge of IPV resources was also found not to bear any correlation with emergency department nurses’ willingness and comfort in IPV screening practices, also contradicting current research findings. Findings suggest that additional research is needed to explore the factors best associated with low IPV screening rates in healthcare. As this study also took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, discussion on the pandemic’s effect on research efforts is also discussed.

Recommendations are provided on how to engage in research on IPV screening for providers and organizations dedicated to the identification of IPV survivors in healthcare.