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Domestic violence prevention important focus of School of Nursing (11-16-99)

Efforts to prevent domestic violence have become an important focus for researchers at the School of Nursing of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Two recent grants awarded to nursing faculty members will help ensure that their work continues.

Margaret Brackley, Ph.D., RN, CS, associate professor in the Department of Family Nursing Care and the principal investigator on the Safe Family Project to help victims of domestic violence, will receive $1.5 million over the next three years from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funds will support the Safe Family Coalition, which includes the University Health System, the San Antonio Police Department’s Victim Advocacy Unit, the Rape Crisis Center and other city agencies. In addition, the money will enhance a teen dating violence prevention effort through Family Violence Prevention Services.

Rachel Rodriguez, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, associate professor in the Department of Chronic Nursing Care, won a National Institute of Justice grant of $236,162 for her study titled "Community Partnerships Model Addressing Violence Against Seasonal and Migrant Farmworker Women." Dr. Rodriguez’s longstanding work with migrant farmworkers has taken her from California to Wisconsin, where she has listened to the stories of women in the camps and helped organize aid efforts. The current study will compare the differences between the public health clinic approach taken in Wisconsin and a grass-roots, self-help movement such as California’s Lideres Campesinas (Female Farmworker Leaders). Dr. Rodriguez hopes studies such as these eventually will lead to a nationwide computerized resource that transient women can tap into wherever they are.

In San Antonio, the Safe Family Web site provides information on domestic violence, phone numbers of shelters and links to other helpful sites. The address is <http://www.ci.sat.tx.us/sapd/SAFamily.htm>.

Contact: Will Sansom or Jennifer Lorenzo