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safe and affordable permanent housing can contribute to reducing violence in the lives of women and children. In a four year study based in and partnered with Multnomah County, OR, Glass is evaluating the effectiveness of a community program that provides rent assistance towards permanent housing for survivors of intimate partner violence and their children. Over an 18-month period, researchers will assess violence exposure, housing stability, and physical and mental health outcomes for the battered women and their children who receive the rent assistance and then compare the results to the same outcomes among battered women and their children who do not receive the assistance. The study also will evaluate the cost effectiveness of the rent assistance program. Glass and colleagues are hopeful the findings from this study can be used to influence national housing policies for vulnerable families.

Work is Good for the Heart—Dr. Glass also is leading a unique initiative to reduce health disparities for immigrant and U.S.-born employed Latina survivors of intimate partner violence. In another Oregon-based four-year study, she and colleagues are using community-based participatory research methods to create partnerships among service organizations such as restaurants, hotels/motels, and childcare agencies that typically employ low-income underserved Latinas. To help reduce the disparities battered Latina women face in accessing and receiving health and social services, the team is developing and providing—in the workplace where the Latinas spend most of their day—culturally and linguistically competent safety information, support, and other key resources.

The Heart of a DOVE—Children witnessing the intimate partner violence of their mothers are known to have serious long term physical health, mental health, and behavioral consequences—but little is known about appropriate interventions for these children and their abused mothers. A study led by
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