What is an HVIP?

HVIPs are multidisciplinary programs that combine the efforts of medical staff with trusted community-based partners to provide safety planning, services, and traumainformed care to violently injured people, many of whom are boys and men of color. Engaging patients in the hospital, during their recovery, is a golden opportunity to improve lives and reduce retaliation and recidivism. The support network continues once patients are released with a pathway for outpatient care and other services.

How do HVIPs Work?

Instead of waiting for the patient to seek care, HVIPs bring trauma-informed care to the patient while in a hospital-based setting.
Because victims of interpersonal violence are at elevated risk for re-injury and violence perpetration, reaching them during these “teachable moments” is key to a successful hospital-based intervention. Several studies have demonstrated that individuals are particularly receptive to interventions that promote positive behavior change at these moments in healthcare settings.
Victims are provided links to community-based services, mentoring, home visits, followup assistance, and long-term case management during these interventions. HVIPs also work to identify and reduce risk factors, such as substance misuse and chronic unemployment, and promote protective factors, such as social support, job readiness, and educational attainment.

Key Components of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs)

Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are multidisciplinary programs that identify patients at risk of repeat violent injury and link them with hospital- and community-based resources aimed at addressing underlying risk factors for violence. HVIPs alter risk trajectories by operating at multiple levels of the social ecology. For More Info please visit theHavi.org