Background: Intimate partner violence is a global problem in our society. Nurses play a key role to intervene in partner violence and nurses are often the first contact to encounter battered women. Domestic violence can result in mental, physical or sexual damage and be a threat against women´s health. Aim: The aim of this study was to illustrate nurses´experiences of encountering women exposed to intimate partner violence. Method: A literature review with 12 qualitative articles was conducted. Results: Four categories emerged from the nurse´s experiences: Encounter with battered women contributes to fear and anxiety, Lack of knowledge contributes to insecurity, Not being able to help contributes to powerlessness, Lack of time and resources contributes to inadequacy and Uncertainty about responsibility contributes to keeping distance that described nurse´s encounter with abused women. Discussion: The study is discussed based on four concepts of trustworthiness: credibility, dependability, confirmability, and transferability. The results are discussed based on the findings: Feeling fear and anxiety, Uncertainty, Being powerless and Inadequacy. The findings are discussed in relation to society, ethics and nursing theories. Nurses experience of encountering women exposed to intimate partner violence had an emotional impact on nurses. Lack of knowledge and time affects the encounter between nurses and women as they do not receive the health care they need. Nurses felt emotionally affected when encountering battered women, which may lead to a distance between nurses and women.
|Date of Award||2021-Dec|
|Supervisor||Gabriella Nilsson (Supervisor) & Ann-Christin Janlöv (Examiner)|
- Study Programme in Nursing
- Domestic partner violence