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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2012, Article ID 307271, 8 pages
Review Article

Towards a Global Interdisciplinary Evidence-Informed Practice: Intimate Partner Violence in the Ethiopian Context

1School of Nursing, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3
2Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1P8
3School of Nursing, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 9083, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
4School of Public Health, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1P8
5School of Public Health, College of Health Science, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 9086, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
6School of Nursing and Midwifery, Hawassa University, P.O. Box 1560, Hawassa, Ethiopia
7Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1

Received 17 January 2012; Accepted 5 March 2012

Academic Editors: A. Green, B. Mandleco, and A. Williams

Copyright © 2012 Sepali Guruge et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Intimate partner violence is a global health issue and is associated with a range of health problems for women. Nurses, as the largest health workforce globally, are well positioned to provide care for abused women. Objectives. This nursing-led interdisciplinary project was conducted to understand the current state of knowledge about intimate partner violence in Ethiopia and make recommendations for country-specific activities to improve response to intimate partner violence through practice changes, education, and research. Methods. The project involved two phases: review of relevant literature and an interdisciplinary stakeholder forum and a meeting with nurse educators. Findings. The literature review identified the pervasiveness and complexity of intimate partner violence and its sociocultural determinants in the Ethiopian context. Two significant themes emerged from the forum and the meeting: the value of bringing multiple disciplines together to address the complex issue of intimate partner violence and the need for health care professionals to better understand their roles and responsibilities in actively addressing intimate partner violence. Conclusions. Further research on the topic is needed, including studies of prevention and resilience and “best practices” for education and intervention. Interdisciplinary and international research networks can support local efforts to address and prevent intimate partner violence.