National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs
The National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (www.NNHVIP.org) has a mission to connect and support hospital-based, community-linked violence intervention and prevention programs and promote trauma-informed care for communities impacted by violence. Our vision is that all patients and families impacted by violence receive equitable trauma-informed care through their hospital and within their community.
Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) vary in the specifics of their design and scope, but typically include a brief intervention in the emergency department or at hospital bedside and post-discharge intensive community-based case management services. HVIP services are provided by culturally competent Violence Prevention Professionals who often also serve in a mentorship capacity. HVIPs are rooted in the philosophy that violence is preventable and that violent injury offers a “teachable moment” and unique opportunity to break cycles of violence. HVIPs embrace a public health approach to violence prevention as they are grounded in data, which indicate that victims of violence are at elevated risk for re-injury and violence perpetration. This model has been the subject of numerous peer-reviewed studies indicating promising impact on injury recidivism, criminal justice contact, and trauma symptoms. HVIPs are now a recommended practice by the federal government.
From 2009 to 2018, the network has grown to hundreds of individuals such as physicians, nurses, therapists, gang interventionists, outreach workers and researchers who are affiliated with 34 member programs in the U.S., Canada, England and El Salvador. We hold a sold-out annual conference of 350 professionals implementing our health approach to violence. In addition to advising on the general direction of NNHVIP, our Steering Committee approves program membership. Non-member programs that are working to fulfill membership criteria are “emerging programs” and are eligible for fee-based technical assistance from NNHVIP.