Survey and methodology for assessing the scope of intimate partner violence in Stanislaus County, California

The quest to improve women’s health in Stanislaus County, California, by reducing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) necessitated this graduate project. There is a lack of clarity in the types of screening tools used for IPV by various providers as well as inconsistencies in the referral process. Consequently, there is a need for an understanding of IPV practices in the region. The purpose of this project was to create a survey and protocol (an instrument) for assessing Intimate Partner Violence screening in clinical healthcare and other settings in Stanislaus County. This project is divided into two sections: Section one includes the Intimate Partner Violence survey, and Section two is a detailed protocol of how the tool would be implemented. This is an outline of a quantitative research design of how to use this survey by the county to collect essential IPV data. The project developer collaborated with the County office of Public Health IPV team to develop a 35 item survey and a detailed protocol that will be used to examine the types of IPV screening tools used in Stanislaus County, the referral policy for victims, and expectations for the use of data collected. The survey contains standard categories to cover all the areas of the study, namely: (a) General agency information (demographic information), (b) IPV screening tool policy and practices, (c) Agency referral policy, (d) Screening data, and (e) Actions taken based on screening. This survey is designed to provide the County with the most current inventory for determining IPV assessment in the region. It is presumed that this document shall serve as a guide to aid in the selection and adoption of assessment instruments and appropriate referral and services for victims and perpetrators of IPV.