Access to Help in Intimate Partner Violence: Systematic Narrative Review

Rajendra Baikady, Jaroslaw Przeperski, Rebecca Scott, Brian Taylor

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global problem experienced by all population groups irrespective of socio-economic, religious and cultural background, and including both women and men. This systematic narrative review synthesised empirical research to draw conclusions on facilitators and barriers to accessing help for victims of intimate partner violence. A search in Scopus, CINAHL, Medline and PsycInfo conducted in October 2021 identified 864 articles that were independently reviewed to yield 47 relevant studies published 2011-2021 in peer-reviewed journals. Included studies were synthesised using the following headings: (1) personal barriers and facilitators; (2) family and friends; (3) community factors; (4) referral channels; (4) financial aspects; and (6) service issues. Severity of injury seemed to be a key factor in deciding to seek help. Family was helpful to victims who were looking for support with their relationship and as a support on their journey towards services. A third key finding was that health and care systems are important referral channels for IPV services. As supports in intimate partner violence develop, consideration is required not only of the trauma of the victim, but also how to communicate and facilitate access to help.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-294
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Social Work Research
Issue number3
Early online date11 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 11 Sept 2023


  • intimate partner violence
  • domestic violence
  • review
  • narrative review
  • systematic narrative review
  • services
  • Access to services
  • social work
  • help seeking
  • Marriage


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