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UTHSCSA to honor violence prevention advocate

The widespread problem of domestic violence is brought to the forefront each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Locally, the Center for Violence Prevention at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) will present the Dr. Marci J. Long Safe Family Award this week to Joyce Coleman, executive director of Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. (formerly the Battered Women's Shelter).

Margaret Brackley, Ph.D., RN, CS, director of the Center for Violence Prevention, will make the presentation to Coleman during the center's open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the nursing school auditorium at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The public is invited to attend.

For 15 years, Coleman directed the Battered Women's Shelter and its related programs. She was part of the team that founded the San Antonio Safe Family Coalition, which aims to strengthen the network of community resources that support non-violent relationships in Bexar County. She also provided training to University Health System nurses and social workers for the Safe Family Project.

The Center for Violence Prevention, which is a component of UTHSCSA's School of Nursing, 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 in 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.

The Safe Family Award is in memory of Dr. Long, a Health Science Center faculty member who was the victim of domestic violence.

Contact: Aileen Salinas