The doctors and nurses training to help fight family violence | Newshub
The frontline fight against family violence takes many forms. For doctors and nurses it begins here, in the classroom. BURGESS: “Children can’t protect themselves.” “It’s really important that where we identify concerns…” “That we do take action.” Nikki Burgess is a Violence Intervention Programme, or “VIP”, trainer. At Waitemataa DHB… Her job is to teach hospital staff to spot signs of family violence. That includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse. BURGESS: “We tell them to think about, particularly with children…” “The history given for how an injury presents…” “We tell them to think about what’s happening with people…” “In terms of their social setting.” You don’t have to look too far back to remember these faces. Nia Glassie… The Kahui Twins… Baby Moko… They’re just a few of the ones we know about. But it’s estimated almost 15,000 children were abused or neglected in 2017. Jan Logie is leading the Government’s charge to curb family violence. She says medical professionals receive more disclosures than police… From families. But until now, doctors haven’t been equipped to deal with that. LOGIE: “A lot of our health practitioners aren’t resourced…” “To know how to respond appropriately…” “So people don’t get the help that they need…” Some things are changing. The Government’s introduced… New family violence definitions… New offences for assaulting family members.. And the new offence of strangulation… Because it often precedes murder within a relationship. But eradicating our national shame will take time. MCCANN: “Are we getting better as a country?” LOGIE: “We don’t have that evidence yet, no.” Those on the frontline we’ve spoken to… As part of these family violence stories… All say that one law change or one ad campaign… Won’t make any difference by themselves… To this problem. They say that New Zealand needs a complete cultural shift… If we want to get any better. WONG: “I think the whole society needs to take responsibility…” “And actually try and address it at an individual level.” Because experts say doing nothing is no longer an option. LOGIE: “There are huge number of people who are just living…” “With unbearable pain.” A pain it’s hoped our frontline nurses and doctors can help ease.