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Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives Special Display Opens at NLM

(From L) Acting NLM Director Betsy Humphreys joins nurses Dr. Barbara Parker, Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Dr. Doris Campbell, and Dr. Daniel Sheridan, along with exhibition curator Dr. Catherine Jacquet, WJLA-TV's Kimberly Suiters, and Patricia Tuohy, head of the Exhibition Program, NLM History of Medicine Division.
Photo Courtesy of Lisa Helfert

Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives is on display in the NLM History of Medicine Division (Building 38, first floor) through August 19, 2016.
Photo Courtesy of Lisa Helfert

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), with the support of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, marked the opening on September 17 of a new special display, Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives, which is on view until August 19, 2016. The display is also the subject of a companion Web site ( and traveling banner display.

It details the history of nurses and nursing in relation to domestic violence and related research. Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. During the late 20th century, nurses took up the call. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work toward the prevention of domestic violence.

Confronting Violence was developed by the Exhibition Program at NLM and guest curated by Catherine Jacquet, PhD, an assistant professor of history and women's and gender studies at Louisiana State University. Nurses Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell and Dr. Dan Sheridan, both of whom are featured in the exhibition, gave personal accounts of their involvement in the movement and offered advice for how to stem the tide of domestic violence today.

Kimberly Suiters from ABC7/WJLA-TV emceed the opening event. In welcoming attendees, Acting NLM Director Betsy Humphreys said, "You don't solve a problem by turning your head aside and ignoring it. … We're very lucky to have people here today who didn't turn their heads aside and actually went to work on an important problem."

The full program can be viewed at:

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