Amy Branyon


Domestic violence is prevalent in our society, affecting 2 million women each year (Butler, 1995). This creates a significant health problem for women, yet research has shown that few health care providers routinely screen for domestic violence. The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify the number of nurse practitioners screening for domestic violence among their clients, identify the methodology used for screening, and identify barriers to screening. The theoretical framework was based on the Health Promotion Model (Pender, 1997). The research questions for this study were as follows: What are the screening practices for domestic violence of nurse practitioners? And what are the barriers to screening for domestic violence by nurse practitioners on a consistent basis? The setting for the study was the state of Mississippi. A sample of nurse practitioners was obtained from the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Self-report questionnaires, created by the researcher, were mailed to the nurse practitioners, with a target sample of 100 1 1 1 returned reports. A descriptive, exploratory design was used. Descriptive statistics including percentages and frequency distributions were used to report the frequency with which nurse practitioners screen for domestic violence and the barriers that prevent screening. A demographic analysis of the respondents was also reported, Nursing implications and recommendations for further research were discussed.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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Melinda Rush

Second Advisor

Lorraine Hamm

Third Advisor

Dr. Lynn Chilton

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