Date of Graduation

Summer 8-12-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Jovita Murillo-León, DrPH, MPH, MA


Introduction Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a preventable health disparity that remains an underrepresented health issue due to survivors' comfortability in reporting violence within their most intimate relationships; in addition to providers' comfortability in addressing intimate partner violence. The high prevalence of IPV-related incidents highlights the importance of early intervention to prevent victims from experiencing violence again and dying.

Methods A systematic review was conducted to look into intimate partner violence against women. Key words such as intimate partner violence or domestic violence, women, utilization of care services or services, socioecological model were searched through pubmed and other scholarly search engines.

Recommendations The socioecological model allows us to understand the experiences of IPV. For example, government legislation like the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 have the ability to address gender equality and one-sided relationships that survivors oftentime find themselves in. Healthcare provider accountability in screening patients to provide early intervention is crucial in preventing violence and mortality. Early intervention can also be of benefit for survivors who experience the potential economic burden that IPV costs come from being a survivor that may lead to IPV survivors not sharing their experiences.

Conclusion An interdisciplinary and integrated holistic approach should be considered when addressing IPV. When considering IPV from a life space lens, different interventions need to be taken into account of different stages of the socioecological model. Addressing IPV early on can be a way that public health professionals help support survivors in their journey.