Document Type

Final Project

Graduation Date

Fall 12-15-2023

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

First Advisor

Dr. Amy Ford

Second Advisor

Dr. Leeza Struwe


The purpose of this quality improvement project was to implement intimate partner violence screening in an outpatient women’s health clinic with no prior screening process in place. Current recommendations are to screen all reproductive age women for intimate partner violence 6 . During a three-month period 170 patients out of 260 eligible patients were screened using the HARK screening tool, 7 of those patients screened positive and were offered referrals to social work. While universal IPV screening was not achieved, a screening rate of 64% is a remarkable improvement from an apparent absence of screening prior to project implementation.