Most research on intimate-partner violence (IPV) screening has been conducted in developed countries, so this study in Kenya serves as one of the first in a developing-country context to assess the acceptability of IPV screening from the perspective of providers and clients in public healthcare settings. The study conducted in Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi found that routine screening for IPV is acceptable to providers and clients at that location. However, to be effective as a routine service, the system needs to be reinforced in specific ways, including greater assurance of confidentiality, more positive provider attitudes, and higher respect for clients’ rights. Based on the results of this acceptability study, an IPV screening tool was developed in October 2011 by the Kenyatta National Hospital’s IPV Taskforce in collaboration with the Population Council. This tool was piloted in 2012, through a partnership between the Population Council and Kenyatta National Hospital, to assess the feasibility of administering it routinely in public healthcare settings to fully measure the success of the IPV screening program—the first of its kind on the African continent.
Undie, Chi-Chi, Catherine Maternowska, Margaret Mak'anyengo, Harriet Birungi, Jill Keesbury, and Ian Askew. 2012. "Routine screening for intimate partner violence in public health care settings in Kenya: An assessment of acceptability," APHIA II OR Project in Kenya Technical Report. Nairobi: Population Council.
AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) Operations Research Project; Expanding the Evidence Base on Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence in East and Southern Africa