Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Diane Richardson

Second Advisor

Barry S. Lee

Third Advisor

H. Stanton Tuttle

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects all women regardless of socioeconomic, race, or religion. More than one in three adult women in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime. Aside from deaths and obvious physical injuries on a patient, IPV is associated with a number of adverse health outcomes. Retail health clinics (RHCs) are a new gateway to access healthcare and have the potential to see millions of patients per year. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are employed in RHCs, and patients have reported to be satisfied with the healthcare delivered by RHC FNPs. FNPs in RHCs are in a prime position to screen for IPV in RHCs. The purpose of this study was to explore the 65 RHC FNPs views on IPV knowledge, barriers, and roles on IPV screening based on a validated questionnaire. The results revealed 36 FNPs who reported yes to IPV training had statistically significant more IPV knowledge than those 25 FNPs who reported no to violence training. There was a statistically significant negative correlation found between the total scores for barrier statements and the total scores for statements about screening for IPV. Nine FNPs who reported a battered woman in a year knew their roles in IPV significantly more than the 47 FNPs who did not report a battered women in a year. The conclusion is that the most ethical practice is for FNPs in RHCs to screen patients for IPV.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2016 for Olivet Nazarene University.

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