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All women and children have the right to a violence-free home

Ko te tapu
o te whare tangata
me te ahua atua
o nga tama ariki

 Let us hold to the sacredness of our bearers of life, 
Let us make it safe for the future leaders, and let
 us assist them to aspire to their individual greatness.*

Kia Ora, 

Welcome to the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Screening - Aotearoa New Zealand learning programme. We believe that:

  • The survivor has a right to be treated with respect and in a non-rushed manner.

  • The survivor has a right to be treated in a physical and social environment conducive to compassionate and culturally safe care.

  • Ministry of Health Family Violence Intervention Guidelines(1) should be adapted and used within your setting for the identification, assessment and referral of persons experiencing intimate partner violence.

  • Healthcare programmes addressing intimate partner violence are developed in consultation with community representatives.

  • Professional training, curriculum development, and continuing education for all health professionals on intimate partner violence should be mandatory.

  • The healthcare provider is an advocate for the survivor of intimate partner violence, empowering rather than rescuing.

We acknowledge that many healthcare workers have experienced partner violence in their own lives. We understand the challenges in addressing intimate partner violence in your practice.

Please click here to print a copy of this training.

Authors Jane Koziol-McLain, Lynne Giddings, Denise Wilson, Maria Rameka, and Helen Curreen.

IT Specialist: Frank Hoey

Acknowledgments: Our thanks to Auckland University of Technology for funding the Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Unit (http://www.trauma-research.info) to develop this programme. The programme was adapted from Intimate Partner Violence Certificate (2001), co-authored by Nancy Himes and Jane Koziol-McLain and funded by the Emergency Nurses Association.

Copyright (2004) Jane Koziol-McLain, Lynne Giddings, Denise Wilson, Maria Rameka, and Helen Curreen. All rights reserved.