Professor Angela J

Professor Angela J Taft

Director

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Nursing and Midwifery

215 Franklin Street, Melbourne 3000, Melbourne (City)

Research centres

Judith Lumley Centre

Qualifications

BA, Dip Ed (Melbourne), MPH (Monash), PhD (ANU)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Public Health Fellow and former National Convenor of the Women's Health Group, Public Health Association of Australia

Area of study

Public Health

Brief profile

Angela Taft is Professor/Director at the Judith Lumley Centre (JLC), La Trobe University, Australia and an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. She is a social scientist using rigorous combinations of qualitative and epidemiological methods to answer urgent and complex questions about women’s health.  Over the last thirteen years she has led a major competitively funded program of research at JLC on intimate partner/gender-based violence. This has included analysing the health impact of partner violence over time in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health, Cochrane systematic reviews and randomised trials of IPV interventions in general practice and maternal and child health nursing. She conducts studies to prevent unwanted pregnancies and prevent abortion, including those evaluating emergency contraception, long-acting reversible contraception and medical abortion options for women whose contraception fails. Her interests include studies to improve women's health and reduction of violence in migrant and refugee communities and in the Asia-Pacific, especially in Timor-Leste.

Research interests

Women's Health

- Intimate partner violence; sexual and reproductive health; cultural diversity and violence

Recent publications

Papers in refereed journals

2016

Hooker L, Samaraweera NY, Agius PA, Taft A. Intimate partner violence and the experience of early motherhood: a cross-sectional analysis of factors associated with a poor experience of motherhood. Midwifery  (in press). Epub 2016 Jan 8. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2015.12.011

Prendergast LE, Leung R, Toumbourou JW, Taft A, McMorris BJ, Catalano RF. Sexual behaviour in early adolescence: a cross-national comparison of Australian and United States youth. AJP (in press)

Signorelli MC, Taft A, Pereira PPG. Domestic violence against women, public policies and community health workers in Brazilian primary health care (Violência doméstica contra mulheres, políticas públicas e agentes comunitários de saúde na atenção primária brasileira). Cien Saude Colet (in press)

2015

Coles J, Lee A, Taft A, Mazza D, Loxton D. General practice service use 
and satisfaction among female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Aust Fam Physician 2015; 44(1):71-6. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/januaryfebruary/general-practice-service-use-and-satisfaction-among-female-survivors-of-childhood-sexual-abuse/

Coles J, Lee A, Taft A, Mazza D, Loxton D. Childhood sexual abuse and its association with adult physical and mental health: results from a national cohort of young Australian women. J Interpers Violence 2015; 30(11):1929-44. Available from: http://doi.org/10.1177/0886260514555270

Hegarty K, Tarzia L, Murray E, Valpied J, Humphreys C, Taft A, Gold L, Glass N. Protocol for a randomised controlled trial of a web-based healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence (I-DECIDE). BMC Public Health 2015; 15:736. Available from: http://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2072-z

Hegarty K, Taft A, James-Hanman D, Johnson M, Feder G. Interventions for intimate partner violence. [Correspondence] Lancet 2015; 385(9963):111-2. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60013-7

Hooker L, Small R, Humphreys C, Hegarty K, Taft A. Applying normalization process theory to understand implementation of a family violence screening and care model in maternal and child health nursing practice: a mixed method process evaluation of a randomised controlled trial. Implement Sci 2015; 10:39. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13012-015-0230-4

Hooker L, Small R, Taft A. Reflections on maternal health care within the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service. Aust J Prim Health (in press). Epub 2015 Nov 16. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY15096

Hooker L, Small R, Taft A. Understanding sustained domestic violence identification in maternal and child health nurse care: process evaluation from a two year follow-up of the MOVE trial. J Adv Nurs (in press). Epub 2015 Nov 12. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jan.12851

Hussainy SY, Ghosh A, Taft A, Mazza D, Black KI, Clifford R, Gudka S, Mc Namara KP, Ryan K, Jackson JK. Protocol for ACCESS: a qualitative study exploring barriers and facilitators to accessing the emergency contraceptive pill from community pharmacies in Australia. BMJ Open 2015; 5:e010009. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010009

McNair R, Hegarty K, Taft A. Disclosure for same-sex attracted women enhancing the quality of the patient–doctor relationship in general practice. Aust Fam Physician 2015; 44:573-8. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/august/disclosure-for-same-sex-attracted-women-enhancing-the-quality-of-the-patient–doctor-relationship-in-general-practice/

O'Doherty L, Hegarty K, Ramsay J, Davidson LL, Feder G, Taft A. Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2015; Art. No. CD007007. Available from: http://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD007007.pub3

O'Doherty LJ, Taft A, McNair R, Hegarty K. Fractured identity in the context of intimate partner violence: Barriers to and opportunities for seeking help in health settings. Violence Against Women (in press). Epub 2015 Sep 2. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077801215601248

Rivas C, Ramsay J, Sadowski L, Davidson LL, Dunne D, Eldridge S, Hegarty K, Taft A, Feder G. Advocacy interventions to reduce or eliminate violence and promote the physical and psychosocial well-being of women who experience intimate partner abuse. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2015; Art. No.: CD005043. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD005043.pub3

Taft AJ, Hooker L, Humphreys C, Hegarty KL, Walter R, Adams C, Agius P, Small R. Maternal and child health nurse screening and care for mothers experiencing domestic violence (MOVE): a cluster randomised trial. BMC Med 2015; 13:150. Available from: http://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-015-0375-7

Taft AJ, Powell RL, Watson LF. The impact of violence against women on reproductive health and child mortality in Timor-Leste. Aust N Z J Public Health 2015; 39(2):177-81. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12339

Tarzia L, Murray E, Humphreys C, Glass N, Taft A, Valpied J, Hegarty K. I-DECIDE: An online intervention drawing on the Psychosocial Readiness Model for women experiencing domestic violence. Womens Health Issues (in press). Epub 2015 Sep 9. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2015.07.011

2014

James JP, Taft A, Amir LH, Agius P. Does intimate partner violence impact on women’s initiation and duration of breastfeeding? Breastfeed Rev 2014; 22(1):11-9. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=598705816103089;res=IELHEA.

Mazza D, Harrison C, Taft A, Britt H, Hobbs M, Stewart K, Hussainy S, Brijnath B. Unplanned pregnancy and emergency contraception in Australia: unsolved dilemmas [Commentary]. Aust N Z J Public Health 2014; 38(2):110-1. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12200.

Mazza D, Harrison CM, Taft AJ, Britt HC, Hobbs M, Stewart K, Hussainy S, Brijnath BR. Emergency contraception in Australia: The desired source of information versus the actual source of information. Med J Aust 2014; 200(7):414-5.

O'Doherty L, Taft A, Hegarty K, Ramsay J, Davidson L, Feder G. Rapid Response BMJ Open [Letter to editor] 2014; 348. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2913.

O'Doherty LJ, MacMillan H, Feder G, Taft A, Taket A, Hegarty K. Selecting outcomes for intimate partner violence intervention trials: Overview and recommendations. Aggression and Violent Behavior 2014; 19(6):663-72. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1359178914001062.

O'Doherty LJ, Taft A, Hegarty K, Ramsey J, Davidson LL, Feder G. Screening women for intimate partner violence in healthcare settings: abridged Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2014; 348:g2913. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2913.

Samaraweera NY, Abeysena HTCS, Liyanage T, Taft AJ. The quality of interaction between Public Health Nursing Sister and Public Health Midwife during supervision in Maternal and Child Health Care settings in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine 2014; 1:E6. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/jpgim.7607.

Taft A, Small R. Preventing and reducing violence against women: innovation in community-level studies [Commentary]. BMC Med 2014; 12:155. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/155.

Wilson IM, Graham K, Taft A. Alcohol interventions, alcohol policy and intimate partner violence: a systematic review. BMC Public Health 2014; 14:881. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-881.

2013

Agius P, Taft A, Hemphill S, Toumbourou J, McMorris B. Excessive alcohol use and its association with risky sexual behaviour: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Victorian secondary school students. Aust N Z J Public Health 2013; 37(1):76-82. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12014.

Hegarty K, O'Doherty L, Taft A, Chondros P, Brown S, Valpied J, Astbury J, Taket A, Gold L, Feder G, Gunn J. Screening and counselling in the primary care setting for women who have experienced intimate partner violence (WEAVE): a cluster randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2013; 382(9888):249-58. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60052-5.

Hegarty KL, O’Doherty LJ, Chondros P, Valpied J, Taft AJ, Astbury J, Brown SJ, Gold L, Taket A, Feder GS, Gunn JM. Effect of type and severity of intimate partner violence on women’s health and service use: findings from a primary care trial of women afraid of their partners. J Interpers Violence 2013; 28(2):273-94. Available from: http://jiv.sagepub.com/content/28/2/273.abstract.

Loxton D, Powers J, Fitzgerald D, Forder P, Anderson A, Taft A, Hegarty K. The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and validity of a measure of intimate partner violence in a community survey from the ALSWH. J Womens Health Issues Care 2013; 2:4. Available from: http://www.scitechnol.com/community-composite-abuse-scale-reliability-validity-measure-intimate-partner-violence-community-survey-ukin.php?article_id=1327.

Reisenhofer S, Taft A. Women's journey to safety – The Transtheoretical Model in clinical practice when working with women experiencing Intimate Partner Violence: A scientific review and clinical guidance. Patient Educ Couns 2013; 93(3):536-48. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2013.08.004.

Taft A, O'Doherty L, Hegarty K, Ramsay J, Davidson L, Feder G. Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013; Issue 4:Art. No.: CD007007. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD007007.pub2.

Watson LF, Taft AJ. Intimate partner violence and the association with very preterm birth. Birth 2013; 40(1):17-23. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/birt.12024.

2012

Mazza D, Harrison C, Taft A, Brijnath B, Britt H, Hobbs M, Stewart K, Hussainy SY. Current contraceptive management in Austalian general practice: an analysis of BEACH data. Med J Aust 2012; 197(2):110-4. Available from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2012/197/2/current-contraceptive-management-australian-general-practice-analysis-beach-data.

McNair RP, Hegarty K, Taft A. From silence to sensitivity: A new Identity Disclosure model to facilitate disclosure for same-sex attracted women in general practice consultations. Soc Sci Med 2012; 75(1):208-16. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612002237.

Signorelli MC, Taft A, Pereira PPG. Intimate partner violence against women and healthcare in Australia: charting the scene. Cien Saude Colet 2012; 17(4):1037-48. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000400025.

Taft A. Primary care-based training and support interventions are successful in increasing identification and referral of women experiencing domestic violence. Evid Based Nurs [Invited commentary] 2012; 15(3):81-2. Available from: http://ebn.bmj.com/content/15/3/81.short.

Taft A, Small R, Humphreys C, Hegarty K, Walter R, Adams C, Agius P. Enhanced maternal and child health nurse care for women experiencing intimate partner/family violence: protocol for MOVE, a cluster randomised trial of screening and referral in primary health care. BMC Public Health 2012; 12:811. Available from: http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-811.

2011

Gold L, Norman R, Devine A, Feder G, Taft AJ, Hegarty KL. Cost effectiveness of health care interventions to address intimate partner violence: What do we know and what else should we look for? Violence Against Women 2011; 17(3):389-403. Available from: http://vaw.sagepub.com/content/17/3/389.

Hobbs MK, Taft AJ, Amir LH, Stewart K, Shelley JM, Smith AM, Chapman CB, Hussainy SY. Pharmacy access to the emergency contraceptive pill: a national survey of a random sample of Australian women. Contraception 2011; 83(2):151-8. Epub 2010 Jul 20. Available from: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(10)00356-2/abstract.

Hussainy SY, Stewart K, Chapman CB, Taft AJ, Amir LH, Hobbs MK, Shelley JM, Smith AM. Provision of the emergency contraceptive pill without prescription: attitudes and practices of pharmacists in Australia. Contraception 2011; 83(2):159-66. Available from: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(10)00398-7/abstract.

Palmer VJ, Yelland JS, Taft AJ. Ethical complexities of screening for depression and intimate partner violence (IPV) in intervention studies. BMC Public Health 2011; 11:S3. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/S5/S3.

Small R, Taft AJ, Brown SJ. The power of social connection and support in improving health: lessons from social support interventions with childbearing women. BMC Public Health 2011; 11:S4. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/S5/S4.

Taft A, Bandyopadhyay M. Introduction to COMPASS: navigating complexity in public health research [Editorial]. BMC Public Health 2011; 11:S1. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/S5/S1.

Taft AJ, Hobbs MK, Hussainy SY, Amir LH, Stewart K, Smith AM, Shelley JM, Chapman CB. Unintended pregnancy in Australia: what more can we do? [Editorial]. Med J Aust 2011; 195(4):166-7. Available from: http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/195_04_150811/taf10270_fm.html.

Taft AJ, Small R, Hegarty KL, Watson LF, Gold L, Lumley JA. Mothers' AdvocateS In the Community (MOSAIC) -- non-professional mentor support to reduce intimate partner violence and depression in mothers: a cluster randomised trial in primary care. BMC Public Health 2011; 11:178. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/178.

2010

Hegarty KL, Gunn JM, O'Doherty LJ, Taft A, Chondros P, Feder G, Astbury J, Brown S. Women's evaluation of abuse and violence care in general practice: A cluster randomised controlled trial (weave). BMC Public Health 2010; 10:2. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/10/2.

Taft AJ, Hegarty KL. Intimate partner violence against women: What outcomes are meaningful? JAMA [Invited Editorial] 2010; 304(5):577-9. Available from: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/304/5/577.

Chapters in books / reports

Taft A, Watson L. Violence against women in Timor-Leste: Secondary Analysis of the Law & Justice and Community Policing Surveys. Melbourne, Australia: Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University; 2015.

Davey M-A, Taft AJ, Warren R. Improving the reporting of rural obstetrics data: Final report. Report to Maternity and Newborn Program, Department of Health. Melbourne, Australia: Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University; 2014. 31 p.

Taft A. Migrant and refugee communities. In: Hindmarsh E, Hegarty K, editors. Abuse and Violence Working with our patients in general practice. 4th ed. Melbourne, Australia: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; 2014. p. 90-104. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/guidelines/whitebook/chapter-5-dealing-with-perpetrators-in-clinical-practice/.

Taft A. Dealing with perpetrators in clinical practice. In: Hindmarsh E, Hegarty K, editors. Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice. 4 ed. Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; 2014. p. 35-9. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/guidelines/whitebook/chapter-5-dealing-with-perpetrators-in-clinical-practice/.

Davey M-A, Taft AJ, Warren R. Improving the reporting of rural obstetrics data: Summary of findings from data analysis. Report to Maternity and Newborn Program, Department of Health. Melbourne, Australia: Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University; 2013. 103 p.

Taft A, Watson L. Violence against women in Timor-Leste: Secondary analysis of the 2009-10 Demographic and Health Survey. Melbourne, Australia: Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University; 2013. 56 p.

 

Older publications

Taft AJ, Watson L. Abortion and mental health: Established facts reconsidered. Br J Psychiatry [Letter] 2009;195(2):181. Available from: http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/195/2/181.1.

Taft AJ, Small R, Hegarty KL, Lumley J, Watson LF, Gold L. MOSAIC (mothers' advocates in the community): Protocol and sample description of a cluster randomised trial of mentor mother support to reduce intimate partner violence among pregnant or recent mothers. BMC Public Health 2009; 9: 159. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/9/159.

Ramsay J, Carter Y, Davidson L, Dunne D, Eldridge S, Hegarty K, et al. Advocacy interventions to reduce or eliminate violence and promote the physical and psychosocial well-being of women who experience intimate partner abuse. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2009; (3): Art. No.: CD005043. Available from: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD005043/frame.html.

M, Taft AJ, Amir LH. The emergency contraceptive pill rescheduled: A focus group study of women's knowledge, attitudes and experiences. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 2009;35(2):87-91. Available from: http://jfprhc.bmj.com/content/35/2/87.short.

AJ, Watson LF. Depression and termination of pregnancy (induced abortion) in a national cohort of young Australian women: The confounding effect of women's experience of violence. BMC Public Health 2008; 8: 75. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/8/75.

AJ, Small R, Hoang KA. Intimate partner violence in Vietnam and among Vietnamese diaspora communities in Western societies: A comprehensive review. J Fam Stud 2008;14(2-3):167-82. Available from: http://pubs.e-contentmanagement.com/doi/abs/10.5172/jfs.327.14.2-3.167.

Taft A, Hegarty K, Ramsay J, Feder G, Carter Y, Davidson L, et al. Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008; (1): Art. No. CD007007. Available from: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD007007/frame.html.

McNair R, Taft A, Hegarty K. Using reflexivity to enhance in-depth interviewing skills for the clinician researcher [Debate]. BMC Med Res Methodol 2008; 8: 73. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2288/8/73.

McNair R, Taft A, Hegarty K. Using reflexivity to enhance in-depth interviewing skills for the clinician researcher. BMC Med Res Methodol 2008; 8: 73. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2288/8/73.

Hegarty KL, O'Doherty LJ, Gunn J, Pierce D, Taft AJ. A brief counselling intervention by health professionals utilising the 'readiness to change' concept for women experiencing intimate partner abuse: The weave project. J Fam Stud 2008;14(2-3):376-88. Available from: http://pubs.e-contentmanagement.com/doi/abs/10.5172/jfs.327.14.2-3.376.

Hegarty K, Taft A, Feder G. Violence between intimate partners: working with the whole family. BMJ 2008;337:a839. Available from: http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a839.extract.

Hegarty K, Gunn J, Chondros P, Taft A. Physical and social predictors of partner abuse in women attending general practice: A cross-sectional study. Br J Gen Pract 2008;58(552):484-7. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.3399/bjgp08X299245.

Watson LF, Taft AJ, Lee C. Associations of self-reported violence with age at menarche, first intercourse, and first birth among a national population sample of young Australian women. Womens Health Issues 2007;17(5):281-9. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2007.06.003.

Taft AJ, Watson LF. Termination of pregnancy: associations with partner violence and other factors in a national cohort of young Australian women. Aust N Z J Public Health 2007;31(2):135-42. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00031.x/full.

Hobbs M, Taft A, Amir LH. Emergency contraception. Aust Fam Physician [Letter] 2007;36(12):982. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-38449107997&partnerID=40&md5=8dd601cb858663446ab5b9c7d0a51999.

AJ, Hegarty KL, Feder GS. Tackling partner violence in families. Med J Aust 2006;185(10):535-6. Available from: http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/185_10_201106/taf10750_fm.html.

Taft AJ, Watson LF, Lee C. Violence against young Australian women and association with reproductive events: A cross-sectional analysis of a national population sample. Aust N Z J Public Health 2004;28(4):324-9. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2004.tb00438.x/abstract.

Taft A, Broom DH, Legge D. General practitioner management of intimate partner abuse and the whole family: Qualitative study. BMJ 2004;328(7440):618-21. Available from: http://www.bmj.com/content/328/7440/618.full.

Taft A, Hegarty K. Screening for domestic violence. Safe healthcare system needs to be in place. BMJ [Letter] 2002;325:1417. Available from: http://www.bmj.com/content/325/7377/1417.full.

Nurse J, Bauer ST, Shadigian EM, Davies P, Taft A, Hegarty K, et al. Screening for domestic violence [1] (multiple letters). BMJ 2002;325(7377):1417-20. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0037079375&partnerID=40&md5=369286673a5efbb29e80544c912ab8ee.

A, Hegarty K, Flood M. Are men and women equally violent to intimate partners? Aust N Z J Public Health 2001;25(6):498-500. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2001.tb00311.x/abstract.

Taft A. To screen or not to screen - is this the right question?: Quality care, intervention and women's agency in health care responses to partner violence and abuse. Women Against Violence 2001(10):41-6.

KL, Taft AJ. Overcoming the barriers to disclosure and inquiry of partner abuse for women attending general practice. Aust N Z J Public Health 2001;25(5):433-7. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0034795479&partnerID=40&md5=55c297d053dd22ff10851006d5e658a8.

Taft A. The Osland 'Family' Doctor: Contemporary controversies in general practice and woman abuse. Women Against Violence 1999(6):64-9.

Chapters in books / reports

Warshaw C, Taft A, McCosker H. Educating health professionals: changing attitudes and overcoming barriers. In: Roberts G, Hegarty K, Feder G, editors. Intimate partner abuse and health professionals: new approaches to domestic violence. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2006. p. 61-77.

Taft A, Shakespeare J. Managing the whole family when women are abused by intimate partners: challenges for health professionals. In: Roberts G, Hegarty K, Feder G, editors. Intimate partner abuse and health professionals : new approaches to domestic violence. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2006. p. 145-62.

A, Hegarty K, Feder G, al. e. Management of the whole family when intimate partner violence is present: guidelines for primary care physicians. In: Victorian Community Council on Crime and Violence, editor. Melbourne: Victorian Government Department of Justice; 2006.

Taft A, Toomey L. VicHealth Review of Links between and Interventions to reduce Alcohol-related Interpersonal Violence: an evidence-based comprehensive literature review. Melbourne, Australia: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth); 2005.

Miller D, Taft A, Hegarty K. Violence against Women. In: Finn M, Bowyer L, Carr S, O'Connor V, editors. Women’s Health: A Core Curriculum Textbook. London: Elsevier Press; 2005. p. 280-2.

Hegarty K, Taft A. GP consensus clinical guidelines and education program on whole family management when intimate partner violence is present : Final report to the Victorian Community Council Against Violence 2005.

K, Taft A. Report to the Victorian Community Council Against Violence of the Depression and Partner Abuse training at Northeast Valley Division of General Practice 2004.

Taft AJ, Watson L, Lee C. Violence against young Australian women and reproductive health : final report to the Office for the Status of Women: cross sectional and transitional analyses of surveys 1 and 2, younger cohort, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Melbourne: MCHR, La Trobe University 2003.

Taft A. Violence in pregnancy and after childbirth: Current knowledge and issues in health care responses. Issues Paper 6. Sydney: Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, UNSW; 2003. Available from: http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/PDF%20files/Issuespaper6.pdf.

A. Promoting women’s mental health: the challenges of intimate partner/domestic violence. Issues Paper 8. Sydney: Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, UNSW; 2003. Available from: http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/PDF%20files/Issues_Paper_8.pdf.

Taft AJ, Small R, Hegarty K, Lumley J. Report on the Development Phase of the Mentor Mothers (MOSAIC) Project to Maternity Services Effectiveness Unit, Victorian Department of Human Services. Melbourne: Centre for the Study of Mothers’ and Children’s Health, La Trobe University 2002.

Research projects

For more information about the following current research projects, please refer to MCHR webpages.

Violence against women in Timor-Leste: secondary data analysis of the 2009-10 Demographic Health Survey

             Team: Angela Taft and Lyn Watson (Funding AusAID)

Improving maternal and child healthcare for vulnerable mothers (MOVE)

Team: Angela Taft, Rhonda Small, Ruby Walter, Leesa Hooker; in collaboration with Catina Adams, Hume City Council; Cathy Humphreys and Kelsey Hegarty, University of Melbourne

Funding: ARC Linkage Project 2009-2011

Harmony: a cluster randomised trial to prevent and reduce family violence in Vietnamese and Indian migrant communities

Team: Angela Taft, Rhonda Small, Mridula Bandyopadhay (at Victoria University from August 2012); in collaboration with Kelsey Hegarty and Ruth McNair, University of Melbourne; Gene Feder, Bristol University, UK; Lisa Gold, Deakin University; Trang Vu, Monash University; Douglas Boyle, University of Melbourne; Janette Collier, AIPCA, La Trobe University; Libbi Hindmarsh, RACGP; Robyn Gregory, Women’s Health West

Funding: La Trobe University Faculty grant and e-research grant

Exploring the antecedents and predictors of termination of pregnancy in the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health

Team: Angela Taft, Lyn Watson, Melissa Hobbs; in collaboration with Jayne Lucke, University of Queensland; Danielle Mazza, Safeera Hussainy, Kay Stewart and Kathy McNamee, Monash University

Funding: Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University

Screening women for intimate partner violence in health care settings

Team: Angela Taft; in collaboration with Lorna O’Doherty and Kelsey Hegarty, Department of General Practice and Public Health, University of Melbourne; Jean Ramsey and Gene Feder, Department of Primary and Community Medicine, Bristol University; Leslie Davidson, Department of Population and Family Health, Joseph L Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Funding: None

Advocacy interventions to reduce or eliminate violence and promote the physical and psychosocial well-being of women who experience intimate partner abuse

Team: Angela Taft; in collaboration with Kelsey Hegarty, Department of General Practice and Public Health, University of Melbourne; Jean Ramsey and Gene Feder, Department of Primary and Community Medicine, Bristol University; Leslie Davidson, Department of Population and Family Health, Joseph L Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Danielle Dunne, Carol Rivas, Sandra Eldridge, Queen Mary College, University of London

Funding: None

Women’s experience of abuse and violence (WEAVE)

Team: Angela Taft; in collaboration with Kelsey Hegarty and Jane Gunn, Department of General Practice and Public Health, University of Melbourne; Gene Feder, Department of Primary and Community Medicine, Bristol University; Jill Astbury, Victoria University; Stephanie Brown, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Funding: Weave 1: NHMRC 2008 -10; Weave 2 NHMRC 2010-12

The health effects of childhood sexual abuse for Australian women: a secondary data analysis of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health

Team: Angela Taft; in collaboration with Jan Coles, Monash University; Danielle Mazza and Adeline Lee, Monash University; Deborah Loxton, University of Newcastle

Funding: Monash University