In 2003 a family violence policy was introduced to the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. Given the high prevalence of family violence among women in New Zealand, and the supportive relationship between a new mother and her Plunket nurse that spans several visits, there is an opportunity for effective screening and intervention. Since the implementation of the policy in 2003, however, little is know about “how things are going”. This research project was designed to evaluate aspects of the Plunket Family Violence Policy.
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It is important to find out if the policy has been effective in it’s intent. The unique service that Plunket offers to women and the ability of Plunket staff to build relationships with their clients were identified as enablers to implementing the Family Violence Policy and Procedures. Activities are currently underway to revise the Family Violence Policy and Protocol, to further support Plunket staff in implementing the policy and in facilitating documentation of screening and intervention.
Plunket recognises that family violence affects the health and wellbeing of children, and this is discussed with all families receiving Plunket Well Child Services. This piece of research examines the effectiveness of this discussion as part of the review of the Plunket Family Violence policy.
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