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In 2007, the MUSC College of Nursing received funding from The Duke Endowment to develop a resource website to assist primary care providers with screening for Interpersonal Violence (IPV) and Domestic Violence (DV).  The funding was received after a series of key informant interviews, in which primary care providers were asked about Interpersonal Violence and Domestic Violence screening practices, revealed that:

Less than 50% of providers screen regularly for IPV although the American College of Ob/Gyn, American College of Nurse Midwives, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other professional organizations encourage universal screening.

The most common reasons for not screening were:

Lack of knowledge about appropriate screening procedures

Lack of information about prevalence of IPV

Time constraints in the practice setting

Lack of resources for referral

As a result of these findings, the MUSC College of Nursing developed this online Toolkit for primary care providers to provide easy access to screening & referral information.


This toolkit provides step by step guidelines for Interpersonal Violence (IPV) and Domestic Violence (DV) screening as well as assessment tools and forms that can be used to document patient encounters.

We consider the term Interpersonal Violence to be inclusive of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. 

A video called “Picking up the Pieces” which can help initiate the conversation about IPV with patients and staff has been uploaded to this website for patient education.

  • Video: Picking up the Pieces > (English/ Spanish)
    You can begin improving your knowledge about IPV and your skills to screen effectively for IPV by going to the following sections

After reviewing our website…

Please help us identify additional materials needed by providers working with victims of interpersonal violence by completing our survey:

IPV Toolkit Survey

Funded by The Duke Endowment


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