Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 215–221 | Cite as

Development of an Audit Tool to Evaluate the Documentation of Partner Abuse Assessments within a Provincial Emergency Department: An Exploratory Study

  • Miranda Ritchie
  • Katherine Nelson
  • Russell Wills
  • Lisa Jones


The aim of this study was to develop a clinically valid and reliable audit tool that evaluates the assessment documentation of females presenting to the emergency department following an assault secondary to partner abuse. A 5-step process informed by a quality improvement approach was used to develop the tool and good inter-rater reliability was achieved. The tool developed has wide utility in services implementing family violence intervention in which nurses have a key role.


Partner abuse Emergency Department Audit 



This research was supported by funding provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the Hawke’s Bay Medical Research Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miranda Ritchie
    • 1
  • Katherine Nelson
    • 2
  • Russell Wills
    • 3
  • Lisa Jones
    • 3
  1. 1.Health Networks LtdHavelock NorthNew Zealand
  2. 2.Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & HealthVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  3. 3.Hawke’s Bay District Health BoardHastingsNew Zealand

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