The mission of NNVAWI is to eliminate violence by advancing nursing education, practice, research, and public policy.

The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International

The mission of NNVAWI is to eliminate violence against women by advancing
nursing education, practice, research, and public policy.

Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International ● August 7, 2017


News from NNVAWI, August 2017

Greetings to our members! On behalf of the Communications Committee and the Board of NNVAWI, we are pleased to bring you the first of what we hope will be more regular briefings on the membership and our activities.

Next Conference: September 26-28, 2018!!

22nd Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference 2018

On behalf of the NNVAWI Board of Directors and the Conference Co-Chairs, Dr. Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Dr. Victoria Smye, we are thrilled to announce that the next NNVAWI conference will be held at the Pillar & Post Hotel in the picturesque village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Preconference:  September 26, 2018Pillar & Post Hotel

Conference: September 27 & 28, 2018                

Niagara-on-the-Lake is easily accessible from two international airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto, Canada) or Buffalo Niagara International Airport (Buffalo, New York, USA).

During your visit, you will have opportunities to stroll through this historic village to admire the beauty of the 19th century architecture, enjoy a play at the Shaw Festival, or take a quick trip down the road to take in the wonder and power of Niagara Falls!

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit Ontario! The leaves will be turning colour, the weather is perfect - and you will arrive in time for the harvest at the many vineyards located in the Niagara region.

The conference program will include innovative pre-conference workshops, opportunities for professional networking, incredible social events, a NNVAWI student breakfast, compelling keynote speakers and multiple platforms for NNVAWI members and colleagues to share their VAW research policy, practice and education work.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for NNVAWI members to be involved in the planning of this exceptional meeting. Stay tuned for more information about how you can help with activities such as reviewing abstracts, contributing to the planning of the conference program, and inviting your colleagues from across the globe to join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake, September 26-28, 2018.

NNVAWI Board of Directors Updates

We work for you and we want to hear from you! See the complete BOD list here

In July, the NNVAWI Executive Committee of the BOD spent two intensive planning days working on budget, member engagment, fundraising, and outreach strategies. We are looking forward to sharing these with you!

Dr. Doris Campbell NNVAWI Student Travel Award

In honour of Dr. Doris Campbell, the NNVAWI Board of Directors has established  the Dr. Doris Campbell NNVAWI Student Travel Award. This award will be presented to two NNVAWI student members to attend the 22nd NNVAWI Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada in September 2018.

To continue Dr. Campbell's legacy of mentoring many nurses, students and novice researchers, we would like to encourage all NNVAWI members to make a donation in her name towards this travel award fund. A donation can be made directly on the NNVAWI website or by mailing a cheque (made out to The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International), care of Dr. Donna Schminkey (NNVAWI Treasurer) at 1010 Forest Hill Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Things to know: NNVAWI + NHCVA

NNVAWI is a member of The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA). This collaborative is comprised of “more than 30 national professional health associations, dedicated to reducing and addressing the health consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and abuse. Learn more about NHCVA and view a list of member associations”. Of most importance to NNVAWI is that NHCVA offers free resources and  webinars featuring experts on key topics in health and domestic/sexual violence. Please go to for additional information and access to resources.

Annually our representative attends an in-person meeting where the collective meets to learn and update member organizations on activities and pressing policy issues in the field in addition to hosting a congressional briefing highlighting  the impact of violence and abuse and health. Their mandate is to “advance health policy at the state and federal

Level by Partner with communities, advocacy organizations and other groups to promote societal and cultural change that reduces risks for violence and abuse; Develop the capacity of health professionals and the infrastructure of health systems to prevent and address the harms of current or past exposure to violence and abuse”

NNVAWI has been partner in endorsing and supporting key policy initiatives that affect women and children exposed to violence. Most recently NNVAWI endorsed a letter to both Senate party leaders to express concern over the American Health Care Act and lay out principles for any health reform proposals. It was also supported by several other member organizations including Futures, American Nurses Association, American Medical Association, and Academy on Violence to express concern over the American Health Care Act.

Recent developments: There is a new technical package for IPV from the CDC:

Please find some initial analysis of the new elements of the proposed health reform effort from the Senate:

Member activity spotlight: Drs. Leesa Hooker & Angela Taft

Psychosocial resilience and risk in the perinatal period: Implications and guidance for professionals.

Australian NNVAWI members Professor Angela Taft and Dr Leesa Hooker have recently published a Domestic and family violence chapter in the clinical text Psychosocial resilience and risk in the perinatal period: Implications and guidance for professionals newly published by Routledge.

This international text, of most relevance to nurses, midwives and social workers, considers the underlying risk factors that create situations of psychosocial vulnerability and marginalisation for mothers, from conception to 12 months after birth.  The book outlines how professionals can respond to women’s experiences of traumatic birth, domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol use and mothering by indigenous, same-sex and disabled women. The book explores the impact of disadvantage on women and the protective factors at an individual, community and service level. Each chapter discusses implications for care practices and health service delivery within Western models of maternity care.

The chapter on Domestic and family violence will be of interest to NNVAWI members and health care students. Topics includes prevalence of domestic violence in pregnancy, the ecological model of influencing factors, health and other impacts-including the impact of abuse on parenting and infants. Drawing on previous excellent work by our NNVAWI colleagues, we outline best practice health care service response, with discussion about routine domestic violence screening, ways of asking about abuse, and interventions to support women in the perinatal period. The text can be sourced from the link below.

Taft, A., & Hooker, L. (2017). Domestic and family violence. In G. Thomson & V. Schmied (Eds.), Psychosocial resilience and risk in the perinatal period: Implications and guidance for professionals. Oxford: Routledge.

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Research and Scholarship

Our membership is incredibly prodcutive in the field of violence research and scholarship. More than 50 papers have already been published in 2017!

Special thanks to Communications Committee member Jessica Williams for developing the search strategy that identified these!

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Recent publications by NNVAWI members:

Anderson, K. M., Renner, L. M., & Bloom, T. L. (2017). Exploring Protective Strategies among Rural Women in an Abusive Relationship. Issues Ment Health Nurs, 1-9. doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1322159

Bacchus, L. J., Colombini, M., Contreras Urbina, M., Howarth, E., Gardner, F., Annan, J., . . . Watts, C. (2017). Exploring opportunities for coordinated responses to intimate partner violence and child maltreatment in low and middle income countries: a scoping review. Psychol Health Med, 22(sup1), 135-165. doi:10.1080/13548506.2016.1274410

Baird, K., Creedy, D., & Mitchell, T. (2017). Intimate partner violence and pregnancy intentions: a qualitative study. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2399-2408. doi:10.1111/jocn.13394

Bradbury-Jones, C., Clark, M., & Taylor, J. (2017). Abused women's experiences of a primary care identification and referral intervention: a case study analysis. J Adv Nurs. doi:10.1111/jan.13250

Bradbury-Jones, C., Clark, M. T., Parry, J., & Taylor, J. (2017). Development of a practice framework for improving nurses' responses to intimate partner violence. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2495-2502. doi:10.1111/jocn.13276

Broughton, S., & Ford-Gilboe, M. (2017). Predicting family health and well-being after separation from an abusive partner: role of coercive control, mother's depression and social support. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2468-2481. doi:10.1111/jocn.13458

Chisholm, C. A., Bullock, L., & Ferguson, J. E. J., 2nd. (2017). Intimate partner violence and pregnancy: screening and intervention. Am J Obstet Gynecol. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2017.05.043

Chisholm, C. A., Bullock, L., & Ferguson, J. E. J., 2nd. (2017). Intimate partner violence and pregnancy: epidemiology and impact. Am J Obstet Gynecol. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2017.05.042

Crombie, N., Hooker, L., & Reisenhofer, S. (2017). Nurse and midwifery education and intimate partner violence: a scoping review. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2100-2125. doi:10.1111/jocn.13376

Decker, M. R., Flessa, S., Pillai, R. V., Dick, R. N., Quam, J., Cheng, D., . . . Miller, E. (2017). Implementing Trauma-Informed Partner Violence Assessment in Family Planning Clinics. J Womens Health (Larchmt). doi:10.1089/jwh.2016.6093

Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Scott-Storey, K., Wuest, J., Case, J., Currie, L. M., . . . Wathen, C. N. (2017). A tailored online safety and health intervention for women experiencing intimate partner violence: the iCAN Plan 4 Safety randomized controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 273. doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4143-9

Francis, L., Loxton, D., & James, C. (2017). The culture of pretence: a hidden barrier to recognising, disclosing and ending domestic violence. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2202-2214. doi:10.1111/jocn.13501

Fredland, N., McFarlane, J., Symes, L., & Maddoux, J. (2017). Exploring the Association of Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences with Maternal Health and Child Behavior Following Intimate Partner Violence. J Womens Health (Larchmt). doi:10.1089/jwh.2016.5969

Galano, M. M., McGuire, M. D., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Montalvo-Liendo, N., & Graham-Bermann, S. A. (2017). Ethno-Racial Differences in Children's Attitudes and Beliefs About Violence. Violence Vict, 32(3), 452-465. doi:10.1891/0886-6708.vv-d-16-00013

Garfinkel, D. B., Alexander, K. A., McDonald-Mosley, R., Willie, T. C., & Decker, M. R. (2017). Predictors of HIV-related risk perception and PrEP acceptability among young adult female family planning patients. AIDS Care, 29(6), 751-758. doi:10.1080/09540121.2016.1234679

Garner, A. K., & Sheridan, D. J. (2017). Influence of Intimate Partner Violence and Depression on Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Literature Review. J Nurs Educ, 56(7), 397-403. doi:10.3928/01484834-20170619-03

Glass, N., Hanson, G. C., Anger, W. K., Laharnar, N., Campbell, J. C., Weinstein, M., & Perrin, N. (2017). Computer-based training (CBT) intervention reduces workplace violence and harassment for homecare workers. Am J Ind Med, 60(7), 635-643. doi:10.1002/ajim.22728

Glass, N., Perrin, N. A., Kohli, A., Campbell, J., & Remy, M. M. (2017). Randomised controlled trial of a livestock productive asset transfer programme to improve economic and health outcomes and reduce intimate partner violence in a postconflict setting. BMJ Glob Health, 2(1), e000165. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000165

Glass, N. E., Perrin, N. A., Hanson, G. C., Bloom, T. L., Messing, J. T., Clough, A. S., . . . Eden, K. B. (2017). The Longitudinal Impact of an Internet Safety Decision Aid for Abused Women. Am J Prev Med, 52(5), 606-615. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.12.014

Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., McCabe, B. E., Mathurin, E., DeBastiani, S. D., & Peragallo Montano, N. (2017). The Influence of Relationship Power and Partner Communication on the Syndemic Factor among Hispanic Women. Womens Health Issues, 27(4), 478-484. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2017.02.005

Graham, K., Wilson, I., & Taft, A. (2017). The broader context of preventing alcohol-related intimate partner violence. Drug Alcohol Rev, 36(1), 10-12. doi:10.1111/dar.12422

Guruge, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Jayasuriya-Illesinghe, V., Ganesan, M., Sivayogan, S., . . . Vithanarachchi, H. (2017). Intimate partner violence in the post-war context: Women's experiences and community leaders' perceptions in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. PLoS One, 12(3), e0174801. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174801

Halstead, V., Williams, J. R., Gattamorta, K., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. (2017). Sexual Violence Screening Practices of Student Health Centers Located on Universities in Florida. J Am Coll Health, 0. doi:10.1080/07448481.2017.1351447

Halstead, V., Williams, J. R., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. (2017). Sexual violence in the college population: a systematic review of disclosure and campus resources and services. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2137-2153. doi:10.1111/jocn.13735

Islam, M. J., Baird, K., Mazerolle, P., & Broidy, L. (2017). Exploring the influence of psychosocial factors on exclusive breastfeeding in Bangladesh. Arch Womens Ment Health, 20(1), 173-188. doi:10.1007/s00737-016-0692-7

Islam, M. J., Broidy, L., Baird, K., & Mazerolle, P. (2017). Intimate partner violence around the time of pregnancy and postpartum depression: The experience of women of Bangladesh. PLoS One, 12(5), e0176211. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176211

Islam, M. J., Broidy, L., Baird, K., & Mazerolle, P. (2017). Exploring the associations between intimate partner violence victimization during pregnancy and delayed entry into prenatal care: Evidence from a population-based study in Bangladesh. Midwifery, 47, 43-52. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2017.02.002

Jack, S. M., Ford-Gilboe, M., Davidov, D., & MacMillan, H. L. (2017). Identification and assessment of intimate partner violence in nurse home visitation. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2215-2228. doi:10.1111/jocn.13392

Kapiga, S., Harvey, S., Muhammad, A. K., Stockl, H., Mshana, G., Hashim, R., . . . Watts, C. (2017). Prevalence of intimate partner violence and abuse and associated factors among women enrolled into a cluster randomised trial in northwestern Tanzania. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 190. doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4119-9

Kohli, A., Remy, M. M., Binkurhorhwa, A. K., Mitima, C. M., Mirindi, A. B., Mwinja, N. B., . . . Glass, N. (2017). Preventing risky behaviours among young adolescents in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: A qualitative study. Glob Public Health, 1-13. doi:10.1080/17441692.2017.1317009

Madhani, F. I., Karmaliani, R., Patel, C., Bann, C. M., McClure, E. M., Pasha, O., & Goldenberg, R. L. (2017). Women's Perceptions and Experiences of Domestic Violence: An Observational Study From Hyderabad, Pakistan. J Interpers Violence, 32(1), 76-100. doi:10.1177/0886260515585533

Mantler, T., & Wolfe, B. (2017). A rural shelter in Ontario adapting to address the changing needs of women who have experienced intimate partner violence: a qualitative case study. Rural Remote Health, 17(1), 3987.

McFarlane, J., Karmaliani, R., Maqbool Ahmed Khuwaja, H., Gulzar, S., Somani, R., Saeed Ali, T., . . . Jewkes, R. (2017). Preventing Peer Violence Against Children: Methods and Baseline Data of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Pakistan. Glob Health Sci Pract, 5(1), 115-137. doi:10.9745/ghsp-d-16-00215

Peitzmeier, S. M., Tomko, C., Wingo, E., Sawyer, A., Sherman, S. G., Glass, N., . . . Decker, M. R. (2017). Acceptability of microbicidal vaginal rings and oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among female sex workers in a high-prevalence US city. AIDS Care, 1-5. doi:10.1080/09540121.2017.1300628

Reeves, E., de, P. B. P., Silva, S. G., Jaramillo, D., Uribe, T., Tiwari, A., . . . Humphreys, J. C. (2017). Trauma Exposure Among Women in the Pacific Rim. J Nurs Scholarsh, 49(3), 286-293. doi:10.1111/jnu.12291

Saltmarsh, T., & Wilson, D. (2017). Dancing around families: neonatal nurses and their role in child protection. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2244-2255. doi:10.1111/jocn.13645

Sawin, E. M., Sobel, L. L., Annan, S. L., & Schminkey, D. L. (2017). From Systematic Review to Call for Action. Hisp Health Care Int, 15(2), 79-87. doi:10.1177/1540415317698947

Shrestha-Ranjit, J., Patterson, E., Manias, E., Payne, D., & Koziol-McLain, J. (2017). Effectiveness of Primary Health Care Services in Addressing Mental Health Needs of Minority Refugee Population in New Zealand. Issues Ment Health Nurs, 38(4), 290-300. doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1283375

Sloand, E., Killion, C., Yarandi, H., Sharps, P., Lewis-O'Connor, A., Hassan, M., . . . Campbell, D. (2017). Experiences of violence and abuse among internally displaced adolescent girls following a natural disaster. J Adv Nurs. doi:10.1111/jan.13316

St Vil, N. M., Sabri, B., Nwokolo, V., Alexander, K. A., & Campbell, J. C. (2017). A Qualitative Study of Survival Strategies Used by Low-Income Black Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence. Soc Work, 62(1), 63-71. doi:10.1093/sw/sww080

Taft, A., & Colombini, M. (2017). Healthcare system responses to intimate partner violence in low and middle-income countries: evidence is growing and the challenges become clearer. BMC Med, 15(1), 127. doi:10.1186/s12916-017-0886-5

Tarzia, L., Valpied, J., Koziol-McLain, J., Glass, N., & Hegarty, K. (2017). Methodological and Ethical Challenges in a Web-Based Randomized Controlled Trial of a Domestic Violence Intervention. J Med Internet Res, 19(3), e94. doi:10.2196/jmir.7039

Varcoe, C., Browne, A. J., Ford-Gilboe, M., Dion Stout, M., McKenzie, H., Price, R., . . . Merritt-Gray, M. (2017). Reclaiming Our Spirits: Development and Pilot Testing of a Health Promotion Intervention for Indigenous Women Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence. Res Nurs Health, 40(3), 237-254. doi:10.1002/nur.21795

Warren, N., Alvarez, C., Makambo, M. T., Johnson-Agbakwu, C., & Glass, N. (2017). "Before the war we had it all": Family planning among couples in a post-conflict setting. Health Care Women Int, 1-17. doi:10.1080/07399332.2017.1329307

Williams, J. R., Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., & Ilias, V. (2017). Trauma-Informed Decision-Making Among Providers and Victims of Intimate Partner Violence During HIV Testing: A Qualitative Study. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2017.04.010

Williams, J. R., Halstead, V., Salani, D., & Koermer, N. (2017). An exploration of screening protocols for intimate partner violence in healthcare facilities: a qualitative study. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2192-2201. doi:10.1111/jocn.13353

Willie, T., Kershaw, T., Campbell, J. C., & Alexander, K. A. (2017). Intimate Partner Violence and PrEP Acceptability Among Low-Income, Young Black Women: Exploring the Mediating Role of Reproductive Coercion. AIDS Behav. doi:10.1007/s10461-017-1767-9

Wilson, D., Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., & Campbell, J. (2017). Abuse and violence in families. J Clin Nurs, 26(15-16), 2097-2099. doi:10.1111/jocn.13829

Wilson, I. M., Graham, K., & Taft, A. (2017). Living the cycle of drinking and violence: A qualitative study of women's experience of alcohol-related intimate partner violence. Drug Alcohol Rev, 36(1), 115-124. doi:10.1111/dar.12405





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