Intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence have devastating effects on the health and well-being of people exposed to abuse. It is known that up to 75% of IPV episodes occur after a woman leaves her abuser, and women who seek help are most likely to suffer aggravated assaults or murder when trying to leave an abusive relationship (Cook & Nash, 2017). IPV screening has been well-studied as evidenced by the prolific research literature, however a synthesis of primary care actions that support the safety and well-being of women experiencing IPV is lacking. This systematic review compares traditional primary care intervention to interdisciplinary actions to determine which interventions offer increased incidences of reported safety behaviors and general well-being of women exposed to IPV. Criteria for article inclusion in the review include peer-reviewed, English-language studies that quantitatively and/or qualitatively examined traditional primary care interventions in adult women (age 18 years and older) disclosing IPV. Articles that examined interdisciplinary interventions to support the safety and overall well-being of adult women disclosing IPV were also included. A clinical phenomenon noted within the literature is the significance of social connectedness as a variable for improved safety and health. The results of the literature review reveal that the usual primary care intervention of brief counseling did not improve safety or well-being of women exposed to IPV. Interdisciplinary actions including advocacy, referrals, mentoring programs, and home visiting encounters demonstrated increased safety behaviors and improved mental health of women experiencing IPV.


Rhonda Cornell

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Document Type



Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing


Allied Health and Nursing



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