Jordanian nurses' barriers to screening for intimate partner violence

Violence Against Women. 2014 Dec;20(12):1473-88. doi: 10.1177/1077801214559057. Epub 2014 Nov 23.


Screening rates for intimate partner violence (IPV) among nurses are still very low. The study purpose is to evaluate IPV screening and barriers by Jordanian nurses. A cross-sectional design was used with a stratified random sample (N = 125) of Jordanian nurses. Findings included a significantly lower IPV screening rate among Jordanian nurses compared with those in the United States, no difference in screening between IPV victims compared with non-victimized nurses, and that the IPV screening barriers related to a lack of system support were the most clinically important barriers. Nurses can work in partnership with health care providers and managers to increase screening and overcome barriers.

Keywords: Jordanian nurses; intimate partner violence; screening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Communication Barriers
  • Data Collection
  • Domestic Violence* / prevention & control
  • Domestic Violence* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Hospitals, Public* / methods
  • Hospitals, Public* / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Jordan
  • Male
  • Mass Screening* / nursing
  • Mass Screening* / statistics & numerical data
  • Nursing Process* / organization & administration
  • Nursing Process* / statistics & numerical data
  • Random Allocation
  • Sexual Partners
  • Spouse Abuse* / prevention & control
  • Spouse Abuse* / statistics & numerical data