Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Jacquelyn Campbell to Speak on Domestic Violence During Sigma Session for the UN Commission on the Status of Women


Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, will present on violence against women at the Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) event—“Precursors to Violence: Identifying, De-escalating, and Reducing Women’s Risks.” The event is a parallel meeting to the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, one of the most influential global conferences to furthering women’s rights.

During the presentation, Campbell will showcase the Danger Assessment, an instrument she developed to help abused women accurately determine their risk of being killed or almost killed by an abusive current or former intimate partner. It aligns directly with the session’s key goals to highlight nursing science related to violence and teach attendees the risk factors used to statistically determine a women’s risk level for experiencing life-threatening physical violence.

“Domestic violence is a major cause of mortality for women, and we must continue to educate around warning signs like threats to kill, offender gun ownership and highly controlling behavior, and what women need to do in those situations,” says Campbell. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, gender-based violence is an area of excellence with numerous faculty conducting research and developing interventions to improve the safety of women.  

As a part of the 63rd commission meeting, leaders from around the world will discuss the priority theme of “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Since its founding in 1946, the UN Commission on the Status of Women has served as the principal governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

For more than 30 years, Campbell has worked with victims of domestic violence and studied the effects of violence on health. She has published more than 250 articles and seven books. Through her Danger Assessment, Campbell has trained health care professionals, domestic violence advocates, and law enforcement to assess risk of lethal or near lethal violence and develop health care and justice system interventions. The Danger Assessment has been adapted to several different cultural groups and is incorporated into the myPlan app, developed by JHSON Professor and Independence Chair in Nursing Education Nancy Glass, to help victims create a personalized plan for safety.

“Precursors to Violence: Identifying, De-escalating, and Reducing Women’s Risks” will be held on March 11 at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York. It is co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing.


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