Health education needs of intimate partner violence survivors: Perspectives from female survivors and social service providers

Dina Ferranti, Dalia Lorenzo, Derby Munoz-Rojas, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda

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Objective: To explore the health education needs and learning preferences of female intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors in a social service agency located in South Florida, United States. Design and Sample: An exploratory two-phase sequential mixed-methods study was completed through semistructured interviews with social service providers (n = 10), followed by a survey with predominately female IPV survivors (n = 122, 98.4%). Measures: Data obtained from interviews with social service providers were analyzed through conventional thematic content analysis. Data from interviews were used in developing a health survey completed by IPV survivors and analyzed utilizing descriptive statistics, chi-square tests and t tests. Results: Three themes emerged from interviews including multidimensional health needs, navigating barriers to health care, and self-improvement specific to survivors of intimate partner violence. Survey results indicated that depression and self-esteem were the health education needs of highest priority. Demographic characteristics, including age and language use, were significantly associated to preferred methods of learning, p <.05. Conclusions: IPV survivors present with various health education needs. Current study findings can inform public health nurses in developing interventions or health-based programs for female IPV survivors in social service agency settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • domestic violence
  • health education
  • intimate partner violence
  • mixed-methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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