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School of Public Health


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Introduction—Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health issue with recent intervention focus by home visiting programs with at-risk families in the United States. Home visitors are typically required to assess IPV but feel unprepared to do so and desire training. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of a daylong IPV training on the intention to enact three key IPV behaviors (screening, making referrals, and safety planning) using the theory of planned behavior. Method—Survey of 125 home visitors in West Virginia was conducted before and after a daylong IPV training. Results—The IPV training had a positive impact on intention to perform the three behaviors of interest, with the greatest impact on the intention to conduct IPV screenings. Discussion—Results provide important preliminary evidence supporting the effectiveness of professional development as a means of increasing intentions to conduct activities related to IPV. The impact on IPV screening intention is promising because screening is the first step in addressing IPV. Conclusion—The IPV training proved beneficial in increasing intentions and such trainings should be expanded, but further study is needed to link intentions to subsequent behaviors to address IPV with at-risk families.

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Abildso CG, Dyer A, Kristjansson AL, et al. Evaluation of an Intimate Partner Violence Training for Home Visitors Using the Theory of Planned Behavior. Health Promotion Practice. 2017;19(2):194-202. doi:10.1177/1524839917728050