U.Va. Tip Sheet: Nursing Professor Available to Discuss Intimate Partner Violence

May 7, 2010

• Kathryn Laughon
University of Virginia
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems
434-924-1985, klaughon@virginia.edu

Listen to the UVA Today Radio Show report on this story by Jane Ford:

An expert in intimate partner violence,  risk factors for intimate partner homicide and safety planning with battered women, Laughon has focused her practice and research on issues of intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children. At U.Va., she collaborates with colleagues Richard Steeves and Barbara Parker in a study of intimate partner homicide and its impact on children. She is also co-author of a several articles examining risk factors for intimate partner homicide under a study headed by Jacquelyn C. Campbell,  Anna D. Wolf Endowed Professor of Nursing, at Johns Hopkins University. Laughon is  a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar.  he is currently funded by the Foundation to test a computerized safety planning aid for battered women seeking protective orders for intimate partner violence.

She is also a forensic nurse examiner and conducts evidence collection and provides care to victims of sexual assault.

Laughon currently is principle investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to test an intervention for guardians of children orphaned by intimate partner homicide. She is president of the Board of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International.

Laughon received a B.S.N. and M.S.N. from the U.Va. School of Nursing. She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. 

— By Jane Ford