Ethical conduct in intimate partner violence research: Challenges and strategies

Rula Btoush, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) research has expanded dramatically in the past 2 decades. However, updated ethical guidelines to protect the safety and autonomy of research participants, study data, and the research team are still lacking in this evolving area of research. This article presents general concepts in research ethics and the specific challenges and strategies for IPV research related to recruitment and retention, maintenance of women's safety, privacy, and confidentiality, and their voluntary participation as well as assessment of benefits and risks, strategies to minimize risk, the Certificates of Confidentiality, and training of the research team. This area of nursing research is critical for developing practice guidelines and improving the health and quality of life of abused women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-216
Number of pages7
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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