Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious problem in all cultures. This study aimed to identify Jordanian men’s and women’s strategies of preventing IPV using focus groups and open-ended questionnaires. Participants identified many strategies to prevent IPV, which fell within three themes: (1) shields of prevention; (2) understanding the triggers of IPV; and (3) resources of prevention. Participants described their opinions on preventing IPV and discussed the role of extended family, financial dependence, triggers of IPV, and coping strategies used by women. Preventing IPV requires substantial changes in the personal characteristics of men and women, communication skills, and law enforcement.


intimate partner violence, qualitative study, violence prevention, triggers, resources, law, support, focus group

Author Bio(s)

Fatmeh Ahmad Alzoubi is an associate professor at the school of nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology. Her research is focused on addressing the needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan, their coping strategies, violence against women, and health promotion practices. She is a member in the Jordanian Nursing Council, College of Nurses of Ontario. She received a PhD in nursing "leadership in health promotion and healing" from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Recently, she participated in Erasmus project (academic mobility for teaching in Turkey) and a WHO project that provided TOT for Libyan nurses in Primary health care in Tunisia. Please direct correspondence to faalzoubi@just.edu.jo

Reem Ali Jordan has a PhD in nursing and is an associate professor with the Faculty of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.


The author acknowledges the participants who participated in this study. The study received funding from the Deanship of Scientific Research, Jordan University of Science and Technology (Research Grant No: 20170179).

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