Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Center for Violence Prevention

The mission of the Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) at CHOP, formerly known as the Violence Prevention Initiative, is to reduce the exposure to and impact of violence among children, teens, and families. We conduct community-focused research and design innovative, evidence-based programs that are implemented, disseminated and sustained across clinical, school and neighborhood settings. Our work is trauma-informed and rooted in racial equity and social justice.

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Violence is a public health epidemic in our country. Tragically, today more than 40 percent of kids in the U.S. are exposed to some form of violence -- or the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person or group. Environmental, social and interpersonal factors all play a role in the “contagion” of violence. In the context of health promotion and disease prevention, it is imperative that health systems both study and address the physical, emotional and psychological toll of violence exposure on children and their families.

CVP Research and Programs

CVP applies a research-to-action-to-impact approach to address exposure to and impact of violence in the lives of our patients and their families by developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs and initiatives across home, school, community, and hospital settings. Learn about our work in the following areas:

Meet Our Team

Learn more about CVP's multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians who specialize in understanding the causes and impact of different types of violence on youth. We are led by Co-Directors Joel Fein, MD, MPH and Stephen Leff, PhD and Center Manager Michelle Abel, MSPH.

Joel Fein, MD, MPH  Stephen Leff, PhD, CHOP CIRP  Michelle Abel, MSPH

Learn More

Ongoing research continuously refines and improves our programmatic efforts and the content of this website to make the greatest impact. Be sure to check back for new information and updated content.