Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Dr. Josie Doss

Second Advisor

Dr. Krystal Canady

Third Advisor

Karen Tomlinson, PA-C


Background: Sexual assault on college campuses can be a life-changing event and goes unreported 80% of the time. Women are not screened for intimate partner violence (IPV) regularly when seen in university student health settings. Student health settings on college campuses can fill this gap by routine screening for intimate partner violence.

Purpose: This quality improvement project aimed to increase intimate partner violence screening rates with the implementation of an evidence-based intimate partner violence screening tool and healthcare provider training.

Project method: A retrospective chart view was conducted before and after implementing the Humiliation, Rape, Anger, and Kick (HARK) evidenced-based IPV tool at a university student health center in Georgia. Healthcare providers working in student health completed the Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey (PREMIS) pre and post IPV educational session.

Findings: Intimate partner violence screening rates pre-implementation of the HARK screening tool was 2.6% (N=303). Intimate partner violence screening rates post-implementation of the HARK screening tool was 95.7% (N=185). Results for the knowledge subscale of the PREMIS tool (Mdn = 27.50), z = -1.342, p >.005.

Conclusion: These findings support the use of an evidence-based IPV screening tool to increase rates of screening. Additional measures may be needed to enhance provider knowledge regarding IPV.

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Nursing Commons