Violence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence

Authors: Naneen Karraker, MA, Rebecca Cunningham, MD, Marla Becker, MPH, Joel Fein, MD, MPH, and Lyndee Knox, PhD

Across the country, members of National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs have stopped simply treating victims of violence with the lingering expectation that retaliation and re-injury are inevitable. We have instead begun engaging patients in targeted services during their recovery to interrupt the cycle of violence.  In 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime recommended that “hospital-based counseling and prevention programs be established in medical facilities that provide services to gang violence victims.”   This replication guide supports the development of these programs in medical facilities across the country.


Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Save Lives and Money

Authors: Purtle, Jonathan MPH, MSC; Dicker, Rochelle MD; Cooper, Carnell MD; Corbin, Theodore MD, MPP; B. Greene, Michael PhD; Marks, Anne MPP; Creaser, Diana MS, RN; Topp, Deric MPH; Moreland, Dawn RN, BSN

HVIPs combine brief in-hospital intervention with intensive community-based case management and provide targeted services to high-risk populations to reduce risk factors for reinjury and retaliation while cultivating protective factors.


Keys to Collaboration between Hospital-based Violence Intervention and Cure Violence programs

Authors: Anne Marks, Lori Toscano, Matan Zeimer

This brief outlines the potential for collaboration between HVIPs and Cure Violence model programs that offer street outreach and violence interruption. Many of the sites in our network of hospital-based violence intervention programs operate in the same community as, or actively partner with, street outreach and violence interruption programs following the Cure Violence model. While there are differences between the two models, they are compatible. In fact, they are complementary, reinforcing and, we believe, each an essential component of any community’s comprehensive violence prevention strategy. Yet, even when program models are compatible in theory, personalities and organizations are not always compatible in reality.


Sustainability Opportunities for Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs: A Briefing Paper

Author: Bob Bennett

The purpose of this document is to outline opportunities that are available to Hospital‐based Violence Intervention Programs to achieve ongoing long‐term fee‐for‐service revenue streams. This document is focused on funding sources that will support outreach, advocacy, and case management for victims of violence, with a specific focus on serving at‐risk youth and young adults who reside in communities in which opportunities for youth are limited.


Key Components of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Handbook

Editors: Melissa Martin-Mollard and Marla Becker

This handbook is a resource for individuals and organizations who want to start a hospital-based violence intervention program, as well as emerging and established programs across the country. It was developed by the founding members of NNHVIP and covers the basics onhow to: Secure Hospital Buy-in; Select Target Population; Establish Goals and Objectives; Streamline Referral Process; Determine Structure of Service Provision; Engage Resource Networks; Make Informed Direct Service Staff Hiring Decisions; Support Direct Service Staff through Training and Supervision; Conduct Effective Evaluations; and Set Funding Goals for Sustainability.

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