Partner abuse is an important health issue for New Zealanders. It is a significant cause of death and morbidity in our communities and is closely linked with child abuse. To date, addressing partner abuse has mostly concentrated on crisis intervention, however, we know that to make a difference intervention is needed at many levels. General practice can play an important role in identifying abuse early on, and in initiating appropriate help for those in need.
Along with the practical training being provided around New Zealand, this resource will help develop the necessary knowledge and skills for general practices in dealing with partner abuse. It has been developed with input from key stakeholders to ensure it is relevant to general practice.