Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Nursing RN/BSN Akron

Research Sponsor

Debra Horning

First Reader

Diane Lorenzen

Second Reader

Christine Graor



In the United States, about 324,000 pregnant women are victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) annually. IPV is any type of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of women or men in family units. IPV has detrimental effects on pregnant women and their babies, from their physical health to their mental health. It is important for nurses and other healthcare providers to have knowledge and understanding about IPV in this population and to use effective interventions and screening procedures. The purpose of this systematic review is to review and critically analyze evidence about IPV in pregnant women. The literature search was conducted in a university database system and CINAHL. Literature was selected if it was peer-reviewed, scholarly, and relevant. The review of literature includes descriptions of studies, IPV outcomes, risk factors, and effects of screening methods and interventions on IPV victims or at risk victims.