Interventions for Preventing, Reducing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence against Pregnant Women

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Punyawadee Thongkaew
Watcharaporn Huntranee


Introduction: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can occur at any time in the lives of women including during pregnancy. The significant negative health consequences of IPV against women are well documented, especially among pregnant women. There have been several evidence indicating that IPV during pregnancy is associated with maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Healthcare professionals play an important role and are in a good position to help pregnant women who experience IPV.

Objectives: The purpose of this article was to provide a comprehensive compilation of interventions for preventing, reducing and responding to IPV against pregnant women in healthcare setting for the sake of implementation of effective and appropriate interventions.

Key issues: There have been numerous well-documented preventive interventions for IPV during pregnancy such as screening, empowerment and home-visiting interventions. However, the best and most effective intervention to reduce or stop this form of violence has not been confirmed. Therefore, learning the implementation of interventions for IPV is crucial for adapting, improving and developing the further interventions.

Conclusions: Each type of intervention might result in different levels of success and come with its own set of pros and cons. To implement these interventions in a new context, the research and adaptation are required.

Implications: Based on the studies reviewed in this articles, these preventive interventions can be served as a guide to create and generate IPV prevention interventions for other vulnerable people.


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Thongkaew, P., & Huntranee, W. (2021). Interventions for Preventing, Reducing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence against Pregnant Women. Journal of Health and Nursing Research (Journal of Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok), 37(2), 1-17. Retrieved from
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