EP Violence

Expert Panel on Violence

The Expert Panel on Violence generates new knowledge on violence, its causes and health consequences. The panel’s goal is to disseminate recommendations for health policy, health education, and best practices based on the synthesis of scientific findings and scholarship related to violence.

Inaugural Year: 1993

Chair:
Marie Ann Marino, EdD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing

Vice Chair:
Annie Lewis O'Connor, NP-BC, MPH, PhD, FAAN
Director
C.A.R.E. Clinic, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Co-Chair Appointee:
Rachell Ekroos, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, AFN-BC, FAAN
Assistant Professor
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Board Liaison: Nelda Godfrey

Staff Liaison: Sonya Desai

Previous Chairs: Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell (2018-2019), Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda (2017-2018), Kathryn Laughon (2015-2017), Barbara J. Parker (2005), Beatrice Yorker (2003), Janice Humphreys (1993), Phyllis Sharps (1993)

Summary:
Beginning in the 1980’s violence shifted from being viewed as a social problem to a significant health problem. Additionally, Healthy People Objectives, which define the major public health agenda for the nation has consistently included objectives for reducing and preventing violence related health consequences for families, women, youth and children. Violence-related suffering and death occur across the lifespan and in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that there are links among the different types of violence whether they are self-inflicted, interpersonal or collective. The health effects of violence are now known to be pervasive and to persist long after the violence has ended. Because nurses are concerned with both the causes and consequences of violence, the Expert Panel on Violence was formed to provide the American Academy of Nursing informed advocacy on nursing practice, research, and education related to violence and health.

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