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Feeling Shame: Insights on Intimate Partner Violence

Journal of Christian Nursing: January-March 2011 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31820615a4
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Feeling Shame: Insights on Intimate Partner Violence


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General Purpose:

To provide the nurse with insights on intimate partner violence (IPV).

Learning Objectives:

After reading this article and taking this test, the nurse will be able to:

  1. Identify the prevalence and repercussions of IPV.
  2. List risk factors, screening methods, and interventions for IPV.

1. According to a sample of U.S. women, what percentage of women have been sexually and/or physically abused by a current or former spouse?

a. 10%

b. 20%

c. 30%

d. 40%

2. Which term best describes when a person hurt or tried to hurt a partner by physical force?

a. physical abuse

b. sexual abuse

c. verbal abuse

d. emotional abuse

3. Which form of abuse is defined as harming a partner's sense of self-worth?

a. physical abuse

b. sexual abuse

c. verbal abuse

d. emotional abuse

4. During the "honeymoon phase" of abuse, the abuser is

a. manipulative.

b. apologetic.

c. passive.

d. aggressive.

5. Studies have found that abused women suffer from all except

a. anxiety.

b. depression.

c. substance abuse.

d. posttraumatic stress disorder.

6. Which type of abuse involves preventing women from going to church?

a. spiritual abuse

b. psychological abuse

c. emotional abuse

d. threats of abuse

7. Consequences of shame include loss of

a. self-esteem.

b. self-confidence.

c. self-awareness.

d. self-reflection.

8. Which is a risk factor for partner violence?

a. having one child

b. having several children

c. not having a job

d. not having a college education

9. Which of the following is associated with healthcare professionals not asking questions about IPV?

a. lack of knowledge and training

b. lack of cooperation from the patient

c. fear of personal repercussions

d. fear of the legal system

10. When inquiring about IPV, women want healthcare providers to be direct and

a. sympathetic.

b. empathetic.

c. impersonal.

d. professional.

11. When abuse is suspected, the nurse can make the exam and patient more comfortable by

a. maintaining control.

b. avoiding eye contact.

c. asking permission before touching.

d. performing the exam quickly.

12. What is the first thing to do when screening for IPV?

a. make sure privacy is maintained

b. contact local authorities

c. ensure another provider is present

d. ensure that a family member or friend is present

13. Which IPV screening guideline is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control?



c. the Abuse Assessment Screen

d. the Domestic Violence Assessment Screen

14. If a victim of IPV is ready to leave the home, which advice should be given?

a. pack a bag in advance

b. leave at night

c. do not tell friends

d. do not tell family members

15. Which of the following did McFarlane and colleagues find was as effective as a nurse case manager intervention for decreasing violence and using community resources?

a. television ads

b. newspaper articles

c. a wallet-sized referral card

d. local billboards

16. Which scripture instructs husbands to cherish their wives?

a. John 10:10

b. John 8:3-11

c. Ephesians 5:22-23

d. Colossians 3:19

17. Which scripture is helpful to patients caught in the trap of abuse?

a. Colossians 3:19

b. John 8:3-11

c. Ephesians 5:22-23

d. John 10:10

18. Web resources of IPV include the

a. Center for Reduction of Domestic Violence.

b. Nurses Against Abuse.

c. National Network on Violence.

d. National Domestic Violence Hotline.



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