Testing a computerized safety planning aid for survivors of intimate partner violence - Kathryn Laughon, Ph.D., M.S.N.

The Foundation's Nurse Faculty Scholars program was designed to increase the stature and academic standing of nursing faculty and draw more nurses to teaching careers by creating a cadre of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards to outstanding junior nursing faculty.Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects more than 1 million women and 8 million children in the U.S. each year. The public health burden related to the increase in injuries and a wide range of mental and physical health problems in those exposed to IPV is tremendous. IPV is also an important source of health inequality as women and children of color are particularly vulnerable to these poor health outcomes, including strikingly high rates of lethal violence. The purpose of this project is the first randomized trial of a computerized safety planning aid (CSPA) to assist English- and Spanish-speaking women seeking protective orders. Women in the intervention group will use the CSPA to create an individualized safety plan based on her context (including level of danger, parenting status) and personal priorities. Control women will receive usual safety planning with an advocate. A subset of women will also provide qualitative feedback on the CSPA through individual, in-depth interviews. The CSPA offers the sort of standardized, evidence-based intervention that the Institute of Medicine has recommended to reduce health inequalities. At the end of this research project, a CSPA in both English and Spanish, refined based on the findings, will be ready for further testing in a larger clinical trial. At least three major publications based on the findings from this study, including at least one written in collaboration with and for an audience of battered women's advocates, will be submitted by project's end.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $349,802.00

Awarded on: 8/13/2008

Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 12/31/2011

Grant Number: 64199


University of Virginia School of Nursing

McLeod Hall
15th Street, S.W.
Charlottesville, 22903-0063


Kathryn Laughon
Project Director