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Center for Violence Prevention to host open house

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), the Center for Violence Prevention at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will host an open house for the public from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

The center, which is part of the Health Science Center's School of Nursing, will offer the event in the nursing school auditorium at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

Margaret Brackley, Ph.D., RN, CS, director of the Center for Violence Prevention, will honor Texas Sen. Frank Madla for his legislative support of violence prevention. School of Medicine Dean Steven Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., will offer remarks on behalf of the Health Science Center.

The Center for Violence Prevention works to create a safe environment through its dedication to multidisciplinary collaboration in research, education and clinical practice. The center also advances knowledge about violence within South Texas. It focuses on intentional injury, which is defined as injury resulting from purposeful human action, whether directed at one's self or others.

Dr. Brackley is executive director of the San Antonio Safe Family Coalition and professor in the department of chronic nursing care at the Health Science Center. A recognized authority on domestic violence, she received the 1999 Psychiatric Nursing Education Award from the Society of Education and Research in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a division of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.

Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas, (210) 567-2570