The NAAnSI study: Routine screening for intimate partner violence- Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal abused women’s experiences.

Stream: Intimate Partner Violence and Health Responses
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Time: 1.45 pm – 3.30 pm


Women who experience intimate partner violence have greater health problems and increased health service use. Routine screening for IPV has been introduced across many jurisdictions globally with the aim of increasing identification and responsiveness by health sevices. Leading Australian uptake screening was introduced in antenatal, early childhood, mental health and substance abuse health services in the state of NSW in 2003. The NAAnSI project was a qualitative study of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women’s experiences of screening in eight antenatal clinics. Including 31 women who elected to disclose the abuse they had experienced when asked about it by the health worker and 19 women who had experienced abuse but who chose not to disclose, this study provides insights into the strengths of and practice implications of this strategy for increasing identification of intimate partner violence.


Jo Spangaro (Presenter), UNSW - SoSS
Jo Spangaro is a lecturer in social science at the University of New South Wales. She has recently completed research into Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women’s decisions to disclose intimate partner violence (IPV) in antenatal settings, building on her earlier research on this issue. Other published research includes health responses to sexual violence including to sexual violence in conflict and disasters. Jo has also extensive direct policy and practice experience in responses to gender-based violence, as a policy analyst and manager, educator, and therapist with both victims and offenders. Jo is a member of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council.

Anthony Zwi (Presenter), UNSW- SoSS
Professor Anthony Zwi Professor Anthony Zwi, co-edited the WHO 2002 World Report on Violence which documented the health effects on women of intimate partner violence and has expertise on gender-based violence, including the NSW Public Health and Violence Project, a project funded by NSW Health to investigate public health responses to violence and early work with the UK NHS on IPV screening. He also has significant experience working with culturally diverse and vulnerable populations and excellent networks with leading IPV researchers at WHO and in the UK.

Jane Koziol McLain (Presenter), Auckland University of Technology
Professor Jane Koziol-McLain has two decades of experience in nursing and research, having led multiple studies on intimate partner violence. She has been a consultant in the Pacific since 2009, working with the UN Population Fund and Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Marshall Islands health leaders, building capacity for responding to violence against women. Current projects include a partnership with Johns Hopkins University on a replication randomised control trial testing an internet safety decision aid for abused women; and developing for the WHO the implementation guide for the clinical guidelines for responding to sexual and intimate partner violence.

Alison Rutherford (Presenter), UNSW- Medicine
Dr Alison Rutherford is a public health physician and clinical doctor with extensive clinical and teaching experience in women’s health and gender and health. She has researched and published on public health aspects and responses to violence, including intimate partner violence.

Mary Anne Frail (Presenter), UNSW
Mary-Anne Frail, is a Ngemba woman from Brewarrina with extensive experience educating and supporting Aboriginal women in relation to their legal rights. Mary-Anne was the NAAnSI projects Aboriginal research officer, contributing to the research protocol and processes, approaching and interviewing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women for the study, as well as contributing to data analysis.