Interpersonal violence and the pregnant homeless woman

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Nov-Dec 1998;27(6):684-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1998.tb02639.x.


Homelessness continues to increase in the United States. Families comprise the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, and estimates suggest that women head 90% of homeless families. Pregnant homeless women are exposed to more cumulative violence than are comparable low-income, housed women. Intervention strategies that may improve health care provided to pregnant homeless women include abuse and safety assessment protocols and the use of a hand-carried health record. These interventions are directed at efforts to preserve the woman's autonomy and confidentiality, reduce areas of client-provider conflict, and generally improve encounters between the client and the health care system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Battered Women*
  • Female
  • Homeless Persons*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Nursing Assessment*
  • Obstetric Nursing*
  • Oregon
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / nursing
  • Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
  • United States
  • Violence*