The Intersection of Partner Violence and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Research and Clinical Practice

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2015;36(12):989-1006. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2015.1074767.


Violence against women continues to be a serious public health issue afflicting women worldwide. The intersection of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence is detrimental to a woman's well-being. This review aims to identify the types of ACEs reported by women who also report partner violence and the subsequent negative impact of this combination of experiences on the women's health. The evidence supports the cumulative effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on women, particularly when coupled with experiences of intimate partner violence. Early interventions by providers have the potential to mitigate negative health outcomes of abused women and interrupt the intergenerational transmission of violence to their children.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence / psychology*