Intimate Partner Violence Workshop: Take a STAND against VIOLENCE

The Intimate Partner Violence workshop was jointly organised by the Clinical School Johor Bahru, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences with collaboration with Effecto Mariposa (Monash University Students Mental Health Society), Johor Mental Health, JEWEL (Johor Women's League and WAO (Women's Aid Organisation).

Intimate Partner Violence has a high prevalence in our society, a problem not addressed and less often identified by health care professionals when patients seek medical treatment. October is the awareness month “Intimate Partner Violence”, with the Colour Purple as a symbol for peace, courage, survival, honour and dedication to ending violence.

The workshop aimed at creating awareness not only among medical students and health care professionals but the public and non-governmental agencies (NGO) that work in this area.  This is to empower and advocate “Non Violence” in our society.

Monash students and participants put up purple ribbon pledges, and exhibition booths by WAO & JEWEL were displayed throughout the week in the lobby. There was also a lunch talk by Professor Jan Coles, who is known for her dedication, work and advocacy on IPV. Prof Coles was instrumental in the development of the PACTS module, an online teaching resource for family violence that is used in Victoria. A General Practitioner by profession, Prof Coles is the Research and Higher Degree by Research coordinator for the School of Primary Health Care, Monash University Australia. She is well known in Australia and internationally for her work on the impacts of childhood sexual abuse on Australian women’s health and the education of health practitioners in the area of family violence.

This workshop was attended by doctors, medical students, staff and psychology students from Raffles University Iskandar and Reading University, counsellors, social support groups, non-governmental organisations and the public.