Community health workers' response to violence against women

Davies, J., Harris, Marilyn G., Roberts, Gwen, Mannion, Jill A., McCosker, Heather, & Anderson, Debra J. (1996) Community health workers' response to violence against women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 5(1), pp. 20-31.


This paper reports on a qualitative study of community health workers from a predominantly rural based region in Queensland. The purpose of this study was to determine the community health worker barriers to identification, assessment and intervention on the issue of violence against women. The qualitative research method comprised five structured focus group interviews with 28 community health workers using open-ended questions to explore their perceptions. Analysis of the focus group data revealed that community health workers expressed reluctance to become involved in cases of violence against women. The reasons they provided are grouped under three main themes: barriers to identification; barriers to assessment; and barriers to intervention. Training programs offered to rural community health workers need to be aware of the barriers to identifying, assessing and intervening in cases of violence against women that are highlighted by this study. Further studies are needed to assess the wider relevance of these findings to other groups of community health workers in rural and non-rural settings.

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ID Code: 65439
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: community health, community health workers, violence, women, mental health nursing, violence against women
ISSN: 1324-3780
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2013 22:51
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2013 22:52

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