(CHARLOTTE, NC) – October 2020.  Kathleen S. Jordan, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, SANE-P, FAEN, FAANP and John A Murphy, MS, PA-C, both clinicians with Mid- Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates (MEMA), recently published an article in Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal’s July-September publication. The focus, highlighting the significant public health problem of intimate partner violence (IPV) and specifically how strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of IPV.

In 2018, Murphy attended a conference hosted by Alliance for Hope, International, bringing together first responders, clinicians, social workers, and judges. The event presented an intense, four-day course on IPV and shined a spotlight on the importance of interprofessional connectivity, lack of public awareness, and resources for victims. Afterward, a task force between the two hospital systems in Charlotte was formed and Murphy was asked to participate with the goal of helping move the needle on creating awareness of domestic violence, creating safe spaces for victims, and strengthening training opportunities for nurses and clinicians.

The published article reports, in 2019, the CDC estimates that the prevalence of lifetime IPV affects more than 12 million Americans and its economic toll is upwards of $9.3 billion annually with direct and indirect costs. With women being the most common gender to experience attempted strangulations, Murphy states, “these women who experience nonfatal strangulation have an increased likelihood that they suffer additionally the coming months from IPV and through program funding, the task force continues to pay for additional qualified nurse examiners and trainings to help those victims that enter the emergency room and provide additional outreach efforts to the public.”

Dr. Jordan, a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-P), is actively involved with the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center’s Sexual Assault Program shares, “Through our partnership with Novant and provided SANE training, MEMA continues to stand out as a leader through a coordinated, interprofessional approach to quality and safety in the care of this very vulnerable population of patients.”