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SAFE Family Project aids victims of domestic violence (7-27-99)

A program called the SAFE Family Project is helping health care providers to identify and treat victims of domestic violence.

The principal investigator on two new SAFE Family Project grants is Margaret Brackley, Ph.D., RN, CS, associate professor in the Department of Family Nursing Care at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The funds, $25,000 from the San Antonio Area Foundation and $7,300 from the Health Education Training Centers Alliance of Texas (HETCAT), will purchase patient education materials, resources, evaluation tools and training for staff of the University Health System.

Joe Thornton, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Health Science Center, established the SAFE Family Project in 1998. The program includes a SAFE Family Web site sponsored by the University Health System and the San Antonio Police Department. The Web site provides information on domestic violence, phone numbers of shelters and links to other helpful sites. The site has been operational since March and is being translated into Spanish. The address is: <http://www.ci.sat.tx.us/sapd/SAFamily.htm>.

Dr. Brackley, who is an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry/Primary Care, has taught at all levels and worked in psychiatric mental health. In April she received the 1999 Psychiatric Nursing Education Award from the Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a division of the newly formed International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.

Contact: Will Sansom or Jennifer Lorenzo