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INTRODUCING THE STUDY
Title: isafe, an internet-based intervention to improve mental health outcomes for abused women.
Aim: Many women in New Zealand experience physical, sexual and emotional abuse by a partner. We, a team of researchers, are conducting a study to test an intervention that could improve the safety decisions and mental health of women in unsafe and abusive relationships with an intimate partner. The aim of this study is to test an interactive internet based tool. We hope that isafe limits the long-term negative mental health consequences and helps to prevent further abuse.
We are inviting women (16 years of age and older) who are experiencing an unsafe or abusive relationship with their intimate partner, and have computer and internet access to take part in our study. It is important that you carefully read this information.
If you choose to participate in this study, a computer programme will randomly assign you to one of two groups: a Resource Group or a Resource plus Intervention Group. Randomly assigned means you will be assigned to group by chance, like flipping a coin.
All participants will create a confidential password. The password provides access to a secure study website that you can enter at any time, 24 hours a day, throughout the 12 months of the study.
All women will complete four internet surveys:
- the first will be completed immediately after enrollment
- the second in 3 months
- the third in 6 months
- and the fourth and final one in 12 months
WHAT YOU NEED
Your safety is important to us. You need to have:
- safe access to a computer
- the internet
- a safe email address
Here are some web links about internet and email safety (will open in a new window)
Safe use of the internet
RESOURCE GROUP OR RESOURCE PLUS INTERVENTION GROUP
Both the Resource Group and Resource plus Intervention Group websites begin with questions about you and your partner, and questions about your relationship. Both websites will ask about your risk of violence, the things you do to be safe and discuss where you may go for help and support. The Resource plus Intervention Group website will provide individual feedback based on your risk profile and priorities for safety.
At the end of the 12 months, women who were assigned to the Resource Group will be able to access to the Intervention for a one month period.
WITHDRAWING FROM RESEARCH
Please leave a message on free-phone 0508447233 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us that you would like to withdraw.
This study provides an opportunity to learn about safety decisions and community resources that are available to you. The safety and resource information on the website is available to you at any time over the year regardless of which group you have been assigned to for this study.
To recognise your time and effort we will provide you with a gift voucher after completing each of the four on-line surveys.
POSSIBLE DISCOMFORTS AND RISKS
You may find it upsetting to answer some of the questions about intimate partner violence. The computer programme allows you to stop at any time and resume later. We encourage you to think about someone you could talk with if you need support.
The following services are also available:
Women's refuge (24/7)
0800 733 843
Family violence it's not ok
0800 456 450
It is important for you to remember that your partner may not agree with you participating in this research. Because your safety is vital, it is essential that you are able to access a computer and the internet in a safe environment (for example at a family member, whanau member or friend's place).
The computerised programme contains a special emergency exit feature that allows you to leave the website with a click of a button.
If at any stage while on-line you feel in immediate danger call 111.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE DATA?
Your responses along with other study participants will be analysed by researchers in New Zealand. The data will also be added to data from similar studies that are taking place internationally (USA, Australia, Canada).
The results of this study will be published in academic journals and presented at conferences. You will not be named in any publications (see Privacy below) and no identifying information will be used.
If this study finds the internet-based decision-aid to be helpful we will work to make a version freely available for all women in New Zealand who are experiencing abuse in their relationship. At the completion of the study you will have access to the study findings on our isafe website.
No information collected in the course of this research will result in us breaching your confidentiality. Any additional communication with the team will be treated as confidential but please be aware that the project has an ethical obligation to ensure as far as possible you and your dependents are safe and supported and in some situations we may engage with you and others to discuss safety plans and referrals.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS RESEARCH?
If you have any concerns regarding this study please get in touch with the Study Supervisor:
Professor Jane Koziol-McLain PhD, RN
Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Centre
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1020
Phone: 09 921 9670
Concerns regarding the conduct of the research should be made to:
Executive Manager, AUT Ethics Committee
TEL: 09 921 9999 extension 6038
WHO ARE THE RESEARCHERS?
From the Auckland University of Technology: Professor Jane Koziol-McLain, Associate Professor Alain Vandal, Professor Denise Wilson. From the University of Otago: Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja From Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore US): Associate Professor Nancy Glass From Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, US): Associate Professor Karen Eden.
Please check the following to ensure that you are eligible to participate.
This study was developed for women who are experiencing abuse in their current relationship.
- In the last 6 months, I have been hit, kicked, punched, choked or otherwise physically hurt by my current partner.
- In the last 6 months, my partner has forced me into sexual activities or coerced me into sexual activities with threats.
- In the last 6 months, my partner has threatened to harm me physically.
- In the last 6 months, I have felt unsafe in my relationship.
- I am female.
- I am 16 years or older.
- I have computer access that is safe.
- I have internet access that is safe.
- I have an email address that is safe.
- I have read and understood the information provided about this study.
- I understand that I will be assigned to one of the two study groups (intervention or control) purely by chance.
- I understand that the research team will be contacting me throughout the study to remind me of the completion of the 4 surveys.
- I understand that I may withdraw from this project at any time prior to completion of data collection.
- I understand that the information from this study will be used in publications and added to similar international studies, but my identity will be kept confidential.
- I agree to take part in this research.
- I understand that if the research team has concerns for my child/ren they may engage with others to make them safe. The research team will discuss this with me first.
If you would like a printable version of the information sheet, please click here