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Texas Health Resources Receives Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Support Prevention of Family Violence
Date:10/1/2008

Program offers employers free toolkit to enhance awareness, educate managers and assist employees

ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family violence is a silent epidemic in the United States that costs our nation approximately $5.8 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year hundreds of thousands of women are physically or sexually assaulted, resulting in more than $727 million in lost productivity and approximately $4.1 billion in medical expenses each year.

Since 1999, Texas Health Resources (THR), the largest health care system in North Texas, has been working to reduce the impact of domestic violence on North Texas communities. Following a request from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, THR applied for and was awarded a grant to help employers nationwide address the problems their employees may face due to family violence. The grant will be used to support the production and marketing of an online training tool which will supplement the toolkit THR currently offers free to businesses and other employers such as municipalities that are interested in implementing a domestic violence awareness and training program for managers.

The grant of $86,550 was awarded to Harris Methodist Health Foundation, a part of the Texas Health Resources system that encourages philanthropic support to improve the health of the community.

"Domestic violence is a complex public health issue that impacts people at home, in the community and in the workplace," said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. "Since 1999, Texas Health has made a sustainable commitment to address family violence and its effect on the health of the community. The goal of our Family Violence Prevention program is to raise awareness of family violence, and provide education and resources to help reduce its impact. We want to foster an environment in the workplace and in the community that allows for the open a
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