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Nancy Glass Wins Second Grant to Help Prevent Workplace Violence

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Posted: 8/19/2008

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) associate professor Nancy E. Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, has been awarded a second Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The award, made in the same funding cycle as her previous $2.9 million award, funds her studies in intimate partner violence, a problem that annually results in as many as 1,200 deaths and 3 million injuries among women in the United States. 

Because the workplace is not immune to the effects of intimate partner violence, affecting health and productivity, 12 states have enacted protected leave laws to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This 5-year, $1.75 million grant will enable Glass and co-investigators, Drs. Kent Anger and Nancy Perrin from Oregon Health & Science University, to evaluate the effectiveness of these protected leave laws for victims of intimate partner violence in Oregon as well as JHUSON-developed workplace training program to educate employees and employers about the law. "Intimate partner violence is a workplace safety and public health issue that is only beginning to be addressed," says Glass, a member of the Schools Department of Community Public Health. "Protective leave laws are one of many strategies to be implemented and evaluated to help end the human and economic costs of intimate partner violence."

Last month, Glass and her co-investigators were the recipients of the first award of $2.9 million from NIOSH to examine the prevalence, risk, and protective factors related to sexual harassment and workplace violence in female home care workers.  Receiving two grants in the same funding cycle from the same institution is a distinct honor for Glass and her team.  Each year, only one-fifth of grant applications are successful.