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A Theory-Based Primary Health Care Intervention for Women Who Have Left Abusive Partners

Ford-Gilboe, Marilyn PhD, RN; Merritt-Gray, Marilyn MN, RN; Varcoe, Colleen PhD, RN; Wuest, Judith PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182228cdc
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Although intimate partner violence is a significant global health problem, few tested interventions have been designed to improve women's health and quality of life, particularly beyond the crisis of leaving. The Intervention for Health Enhancement After Leaving is a comprehensive, trauma informed, primary health care intervention, which builds on the grounded theory Strengthening Capacity to Limit Intrusion and other research findings. Delivered by a nurse and a domestic violence advocate working collaboratively with women through 6 components (safeguarding, managing basics, managing symptoms, cautious connecting, renewing self, and regenerating family), this promising intervention is in the early phases of testing.

Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (Dr Ford-Gilboe); Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (Ms Merritt-Gray and Dr Wuest); and School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Dr Varcoe).

Correspondence: Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, PhD, RN, H37 HSA, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 3C1, Canada (

This research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Emerging Team grant 106054 (PI: M. Ford-Gilboe) and Partnership for Health System Improvement Grant # 101529, cofunded by the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (PI: J. Wuest). We thank Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, and Pam Dietrich, MScN, RN, for their thoughtful feedback and support in the development and testing of the iHEAL.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.