Interrupting Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy With an Effective Screening and Assessment Program

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Jul-Aug 2016;45(4):579-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.02.012. Epub 2016 May 24.


Intimate partner violence is a public health problem that affects many women during pregnancy and can compromise the health and safety of mothers and infants. Identification and routine assessment of intimate partner violence during pregnancy is essential, and health care providers must be afforded training and resources that support an effective screening and assessment program. The essential components of an intimate partner violence assessment program for women who are abused during pregnancy are explored.

Keywords: abuse; abuse assessment; abuse screening; domestic violence; intimate partner violence; pregnancy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Battered Women
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
  • Prenatal Care / methods*
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Young Adult