(October 2012) On Oct. 10, 2012, the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the IGWG held a brown bag with Dr. Agnes Tiwari, who spoke on “Engaging Men in Prenatal Care for Violence Prevention: Process, Outcomes and Lessons Learned.”

Dr. Tiwari gave a brief history of her work at the University of Hong Kong and factors that led her research team toward primary prevention programs and interventions. She then focused on an intervention called the Positive Fathering Program. The program, which is “aimed to engage expectant fathers in prenatal education in order to promote couple relationship and facilitate transition to new parenthood,” consists of a series of classes for expectant couples with a strong concentration on self-efficacy. The classes include lessons ranging from how to bathe a newborn to communication between partners about who will be responsible for specific tasks once the baby is born.

Dr. Tiwari is a professor and head of the School of Nursing at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. Prevention of family violence is the focus of her practice, research, teaching and advocacy work. She has been a vocal advocate for abused women and for better care through the collaboration of health and social work professionals.