Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines



1.0 Nurses implement routine universal screening for woman abuse [intimate partner violence] in all health care settings.
2.0  Routine universal screening be implemented for all females 12 years of age and older.
3.0  Nurses foster an environment that facilitates disclosure. This necessitates that nurses:
  • ask about woman abuse/intimate partner violence; and
  • respond to disclosure.
4.0 Nurses develop screening strategies and initial responses that reflect the needs of all women taking into account differences based on culture, race, ethnicity, class, religious/spiritual beliefs, age, ability and/or sexual orientation.
Please note that recommendations 5, 6, and 7 have moved from “Practice Recommendations” to “Education Recommendations” in an attempt to streamline the practice recommendations as directives to the nurse and/or healthcare professional as to what to do in practice.