Title

Impact of an Intimate Partner Violence Training on Home Visitors’ Perceived Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to Address Intimate Partner Violence Experienced by Their Clients

Date

2019

Author(s)

Angela M. Dyer and Christiaan G. Abildso

Type of Product

Journal Publication

Model(s)

  • Early Head Start Home-Based Option
  • Healthy Families America (HFA)
  • Other Models
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)

Description

Aims. The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate the effects of a statewide intimate partner violence (IPV) training on home visitors’ perceived knowledge, skills, and abilities to address IPV experienced by their clients and (2) examine home visitors’ perceived barriers to addressing IPV during client home visits. Methods. In 2015, five equivalent, daylong IPV trainings were held throughout West Virginia. Attendance was mandatory for all home visitors in the state. Pre- and post-training surveys were administered to every attendee (N = 125). The surveys assessed home visitors’ perceived knowledge, skills, and abilities to address IPV experienced by their clients and perceived barriers to addressing IPV during a client home visit. Results. The results showed (1) home visitors’ knowledge, skills, and abilities significantly improved from pre- to post-training (all p < .05) and (2) the most commonly reported barriers to addressing IPV were “the partner is present for the visit” (86.2%), “worried that asking may risk my relationship with my client” (30.2%), “not sure how to ask questions without seeming too intrusive” (25.9%), and “worried about upsetting the client” (21.6%). Conclusions. Our findings highlight the immediate positive effects of an IPV training on home visitors’ professional capabilities to address IPV experienced by clients and the most prevalent barriers home visitors face when addressing IPV that should be targeted in future health education interventions. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Surveys or questionnaires

Status

Finished

For More Information

Dyer, A. M., & Abildso, C. G. (2019). Impact of an intimate partner violence training on home visitors’ perceived knowledge, skills, and abilities to address intimate partner violence experienced by their clients. Health Education & Behavior, 46(1) 72–78.
doi: 10.1177/1090198118796882
Author Contact Information:
Christiaan G. Abildso
cgabildso@hsc.wvu.edu

Topics

  • Home Visiting Workforce Characteristics and Workforce Development