Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Critical Care Nursing

Angela Frederick Amar, Catherine Wilson Cox

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IPV presents a serious health risk to many women. Emergency and critical care nurses are in a prime position for identification of and intervention with these women. Careful assessment and recognition of symptoms and conditions associated with IPV helps nurses to identify victims and potential victims. Building a trusting and supportive environment, where women feel comfortable disclosing abuse, precedes effective intervention. Nursing practice can incorporate the myriad resources and successful programs to provide victims with quality care. Before discharge from the critical care unit or ED, nurses can help women to identify their risk and plan for safety. Effective nursing care in IPV combines the traditional critical care nursing skills synergistically with provision for the biopsychosocial needs of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-296
Number of pages10
JournalCritical care nursing clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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