Strangulation in the context of Intimate Partner Violence: A public health issue - Whangarei


Wednesday 8 February 2023




Members Room, The Barge Showgrounds Maunu Reserve, 474 Maunu Road, Maunu, Whangārei

Organised by

Rob Veale Ltd


$95 - government, DHB, PHO and other professionals; $75 - NGOs, community agencies and other not-for-profit organisations

It is critical that agencies, professionals and the wider community recognise the signs, symptoms and dynamics associated with strangulation in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV). Described as ‘a red flag on the trajectory to homicide’, strangulation together with other associated risk markers should be considered in all risk assessment and safety planning processes.

This workshop also introduces topics such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), sexual violence, threatening behaviour and other factors including ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) to enhance decision-making and ultimately safety for victims, families and whānau. By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define strangulation in the context of intimate partner violence
  • Describe the signs, symptoms and injuries associated with strangulation
  • Know some of the resources available to facilitate effective documentation
  • Understand behaviours often associated with strangulation including TBI, sexual violence, threats and separation
  • Apply learnings to risk assessment and safety planning
  • Consider how an awareness of ACEs could be included in current organisational practice.


Rob Veale has worked in the family violence sector for over 30 years. His work in this area was recognised in the New Year Honours list in 2006. He shares his experience as a police officer, a national and international advisor, a member of the Family Safety Team National Steering Committee and New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee.

Rob has developed and delivered training to many groups throughout New Zealand on a range of family violence-related topics. Leading up to and since the introduction of specific strangulation legislation, Rob has delivered presentations at workshops and conferences throughout New Zealand, raising community awareness of strangulation in the context of intimate partner violence as a significant public health issue.

Contact the organiser about workshops in other locations.

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