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Safe Mothers in Texas

Safe Mothers in Texas is a program to educate providers of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment on intimate partner violence (IPV) and address the intersections of IPV and SUD during the pregnancy and postpartum period for women in Texas. The association between IPV and SUD is well documented.  Pregnant and post-partum women are at heightened risk for victimization.  Best practices are limited for providers  of care in the intersections of SUD, IPV, and to provide care and necessary resources. To address this gap and improve maternal and child outcomes, the School of Nursing’s Center of Excellence in Forensic Nursing at Texas A&M University aims to lead a consortium of stakeholders from across the State to develop and pilot  Safe Mothers in Texas.

The pilot project is funded through a grant from the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Office of Women’s Health. The grant is designed to bring together SUD providers and maternal health stakeholders with those working to prevent violence against women. Expected outcomes include:

  • Incentivize SUD providers treating pregnant and postpartum women to be trained on identifying and addressing IPV;
  • Train SUD providers to address IPV with patients and train IPV staff on SUD;
  • Identify, utilize, and disseminate best practices for care intersecting IPV and SUD in pregnant women;
  • Integrate IPV and SUD protocols into medical practice;
  • Integrate perinatal and postpartum programs into existing substance use programs; and
  • Implement process and outcomes evaluation to demonstrate whether there was an improvement in IPV-SUD health outcomes in the pregnant and postpartum periods.

Project Team


Principal Investigator

Jodie C. Gary, PhD, RN

Co-Principal Investigator/Project Evaluator

Robin L. Page, PhD, APRN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Co-Principal Investigator

Heather Clark, DrPH, MSPH


Aimee Bajoie, MEd

Project Coordinator

Kevin Zaragoza, MA

Continuing Education

Brenda Gonzales

National Community Health Worker Training Center

Dinorah Martinez

National Community Health Worker Training Center

Scott Horel


Our Partners

Texas Council on Family Violence

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

National Community Health Worker Training Center

Southeast Texas Health System


This project is supported by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office on Women’s Health as part of award #ASTWH220122,  totaling $1,799,000 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do no necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by OASH, OWH or the U.S. Government.