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Position Papers-Joint Position on Intimate Partner Violence
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Joint Position on Intimate Partner Violence

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the International Association of Forensic Nurses acknowledge that intimate partner violence is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of people.

In summary the above mentioned organizations recommend that:

  1. Nurses routinely screen patients for IPV.

  2. Nurses consider safety, confidentiality, privacy and compassion when caring for patients experiencing IPV.

  3. Nurses use resources, such as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE), forensic nurse examiners (FNE), and other specialized care providers, to assist in the identification and care of patients experiencing IPV.

  4. Nurses report IPV according to their jurisdictional laws and institutional policies.

  5. Nurses collaborate with other professionals and/or disciplines to develop and implement strategies, protocols and education for improved identification, reporting, protection and primary prevention when caring for all individuals at risk for IPV, maltreatment and neglect.

  6. Nurses use evidence-based tools and educational resources to facilitate and authenticate the approach to care for the IPV patient.

Download the complete position paper.

Additional Resources

Collaborating Organizations

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

 

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