Health System Violence Intervention Programme Evaluation

Family violence poses a significant health risk for people in Aotearoa New Zealand and has been identified as a priority issue for Māori. Health consequences of family violence occur across the life span. As those who experience violence seek health care more often than individuals who have not experienced abuse, healthcare professionals are well-placed to offer support and respond to identified health and safety concerns.

This evaluation project monitors how District Health Boards (DHBs) are responding to the Ministry of Health (MOH) Violence Intervention Programme (VIP) initiative.

VIP aims to increase the responsiveness of the health system to the needs of women, children and whānau at risk for family violence. By working collaboratively with DHB staff and the national VIP team, the evaluation team supports support a culture of learning to increase the consistency and quality of service delivery.

Health system infrastructure audit tools

Over time, the evaluation project has supported the following three activities:

Health system infrastructure assessment

Assess your District Health Board VIP against indicators of an ideal programme using the VIP DHB Delphi Tool (2017).

A brief video is available outlining how to use the Delphi tool.

Model for improvement PDSA cycles

Framed within the Model for Improvement, Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles provide a mechanism to test and build upon small changes. You can use the VIP PDSA worksheet to document your cycles. Check out ‘resources and downloads’ for more instruction.

Clinical snapshot audit

The nationally standardised snapshot clinical audits measure service delivery and inform improvements. De-identified intimate partner violence and child abuse and neglect assessment, identification and referral or consultation indicators are entered into a secure website.

Resources, presentations and reports

Our Team

  • Professor Jane Koziol-McLain, Principal Investigator
  • Chris Cowley, Research Officer
  • Diane Koti, Māori responsiveness
  • Nick Garrett, Biostatistician
  • Nathan Henry, Data manager
  • Arlene Advani, Administrator

Funding for this project provided by the Ministry of Health

For more information, please contact Arlene Advani