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Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), has been named an American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner for the creation of her program Danger Assessment: An Instrument to Help Abused Women Assess Their Risk of Homicide. The American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner program honors nurse-designed models of care and interventions that improve health care quality, cost, and patient satisfaction.

Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON, tells, “Dr. Campbell has dedicated her nursing career to caring for victims of domestic violence and using her many years of research, study, and experience to help and keep women and families safe and healthy. This is a marvelous recognition of her passion, collaboration, and knowledge of nursing and community health.”

One in three women in the United States has been affected by domestic violence and women are most often murdered by their partners rather than by strangers. Campbell’s Danger Assessment provides women with a tool to help determine the likelihood of being killed by an intimate partner.

The Danger Assessment guides users through 20 questions to gauge their awareness of risk factors like death threats and a partner’s access to a gun. The program determines the level of danger and suggests safety planning measures and resources to help women seek out shelters, family justice centers, and medical advocacy. The tool also provides a calendar to identify frequency of abuse and when injuries occurred, which can serve as evidence in court proceedings.

Campbell developed Danger Assessment in 1986 using her research and clinical experience, combined with advice from law enforcement and input from domestic violence survivors. The program is free to the public and available in a variety of languages. To learn more about JHSON professor Jacquelyn Campbell’s Danger Assessment program to help prevent domestic violence, visit here.

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