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Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Julianne Ossege

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Elizabeth Tovar

Committee Member

Dr. Judi Daniels



Purpose:Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs in at least one in every four females and one in nine men across the United States (Smith et al., 2017). While the prevalence of IPV is considerably high, the screening rates for IPV in primary care specifically average less than 12% (United States Preventative Services Task Force, 2013). Methods: In order to identify how to overcome the barriers to screening including time, knowledge of IPV, access to community resources, gender identity/sexual orientation, accuracy and availability of screening tools, and reimbursement for advanced practice nurses in Kentucky, a survey was sent to a state organization for advanced practice nurses with 43 responses. Results: The results indicated that time was the most significant barrier while sexual orientation/gender identity was the least identified barrier to screening. After receiving education on how to overcome these barriers, providers identified that they felt more comfortable overcoming the barriers and 50% of respondents would begin to screen for IPV in their current practice. Implications: Education on IPV is needed for advanced practice nurses in Kentucky in order to increase screening rates of IPV.

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