Clinical screening and intervention in cases of partner violence

Michael P. Griffin, Mary P. Koss

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Partner violence is a long-term health risk factor that can potentially have far-reaching, negative consequences on both those abused and their loved ones. The term "partner" is used to define opposite and same sex couples who are in relationships on a continuum ranging from casually dating to marriage. Partner violence includes physical, sexual, psychological, and economic abuse, as well as stalking behaviors. Even though the American Medical Association recommends screening for partner violence at multiple levels, there are many shortcomings of the current screening and intervention practice. Several factors facilitating the ineffectiveness of current practice include a lack of information related to the prevalence, duration, and severity of partner violence; physician's misguided beliefs regarding a victim's desire to disclose; and barriers that the victim faces when deciding whether to disclose partner violence. This article addresses these shortcomings and identifies nurses as an invaluable resource that has been under-utilized for screening and responding to partner violence. Also highlighted is one technique know by the acronym "RADAR" that is designed to address issues of both screening and intervention. Finally, resources for both health care practitioners and victims of abuse are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalOnline Journal of Issues in Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Clinical screening
  • Domestic violence
  • Family violence
  • Nursing interventions
  • Partner violence
  • Psychological abuse
  • Rape
  • Safety plan
  • Sexual assault
  • Spousal abuse
  • Stalking
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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