School of Population Health

Current research topic: Family violence

Please find below a sample of current projects:

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

Principal investigators: A/Prof Janet Fanslow, A/Prof Robyn Dixon

Co-investigators: Dr Pauline Gulliver, Nicola Paton, Gay Richards

Project description:

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) is New Zealand’s national centre for collating and disseminating information on domestic and family violence. Based at the University of Auckland, the Clearinghouse seeks to increase the effectiveness of work to eliminate family violence by providing access to the evidence and knowledge base in the field.

It aims to support and inform the links between family violence work in research, policy and practice. The information available through the Clearinghouse supports work in all these areas. Practitioners can access up-to-date research on a particular topic when designing, reviewing or evaluating programmes, doing presentations, writing funding applications, writing submissions and doing media work. The Clearinghouse responds to requests for information to support the work of policy-makers, policy analysts and advocates from government agencies and non-government organisations. Academics are able to follow new research and developments across the sector and direct students to the Clearinghouse to support their learning. 


The New Zealand Violence Against Women Study

Principal investigators: A/Prof Janet Fanslow, Elizabeth Robinson

Project description:

This is the largest study of violence against women ever undertaken in NZ. It provides robust data on the prevalence and health consequences of violence. Conducted in 2003, the survey involved face-to-face interviews with 2,855 women from a random sample in the community. 

A number of articles have been published from the study, documenting: the prevalence and physical and mental health consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV); ethnic specific rates of IPV; reproductive health consequences of IPV, injuries resulting from IPV; women’s help-seeking behaviours; prevalence of child sexual abuse; and factors contributing to suicidal ideation among women who have experienced IPV. Results of the study have been widely used in the policy, practice and research community.

The study was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and replicates the World Health Organization Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women.

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