isafe study

ONLINE STUDY TO IMPROVE SAFETY DECISIONS AND WELLBEING OF WOMEN EXPERIENCING ABUSE

"isafe" is a study that has been developed in New Zealand to improve the safety decisions and well-being of women in abusive partner relationships.  The use of the internet gives women privacy to consider what is happening in their relationship, look at their personal safety options, and informs them about the possible dangers.  A focus on safety planning for women and their children, and information on where help is available within their community is included.

We tested the isafe tool in a fully automated Web-based two-arm parallel randomized controlled trial (RCT) in a general population of New Zealand women who had experienced IPV in the past 6 months. The interactive, individualized Web-based isafe decision aid was found to be a valuable early intervention resource for Māori women experiencing IPV. A report of findings is available (open access) at https://www.jmir.org/2018/1/e8/