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The problem of workplace violence in home care settings

15 months
Approved budget:
Professor Katherine Ravenswood
Dr Betty Ofe-Grant
Dr Julie Douglas
Dr Fiona Macdonald
Health issue:
Occupational health
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
This project investigates the complex context of workplace violence in home care settings in New Zealand. It aims to establish the evidence needs for research that can inform policy decisions to prevent and better deal with workplace violence in these settings. It focuses on three specific contexts: community support, disability support and family carers. The purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of care workers in these settings so that they can safely provide quality care and support. There is little research investigating workplace violence in home care settings, and even less that takes an equity lens to understand the cultural, social and structural factors that may influence how Māori and Tagata Pasifika workers in New Zealand experience workplace violence. Therefore, this project is underscored by an intersectional perspective that acknowledges that health and employment inequalities are influenced by cultural, social and structural factors.