A brief counselling intervention by health professionals utilising the 'readiness to change' concept for women experiencing intimate partner abuse: The weave project

Kelsey L. Hegarty, Lorna J. O'Doherty, Jane Gunn, David Pierce, Angela J. Taft

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This paper describes a brief counselling intervention based on the 'readiness to change' concept for women experiencing intimate partner violence, and an educational program for training primary care health professionals in the delivery of such an intervention. We present a synthesis of the literature on the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour and the Psychosocial Readiness to Change Model as applied to intimate partner violence. We describe the intervention used in the weave trial, which draws on the educational and partner violence literature, as well as integrating key theoretical insights from the field of behaviour change. Practical steps for training health professionals are outlined from the authors' experience and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-388
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Studies
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Health professionals
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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