Since 2012, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) has provided intensive case management, trauma-informed mental health services, and connections to community resources to youth and their families injured by community violence.
CVP serves in the community by providing evidence-based programs that wrap around youth and families after a violent event, helping them heal and move forward in a positive direction. CVP’s programming provides direct services, support, and advocacy in schools, homes, and the community to build resilience and promote recovery. With additional funding, our goal is to disseminate our program models more broadly in the future.
Violence Prevention Specialists at CHOP work with assault-injured youth ages 8-18 who are treated in the CHOP Emergency Department, Trauma Unit, or Concussion Clinic. We help our families achieve their post-discharge goals by providing support, advocacy, and navigation with schools, police districts, community agencies, and behavioral health and medical providers.
VIP is a trauma-informed, community-focused program that provides assault injury prevention strategies, mental health, and other service needs (e.g., medical, education, legal, housing) to promote safety and recovery, and prevent future violent events.
VIP provides youth and their families with:
- Support and advocacy through our trauma-informed, community-centered case management model
- Evidence-based, virtual and/or in-home trauma treatments
- Healing and opportunities through our peer-led support group, BRAVE
- Access to community agencies and providers to address their comprehensive needs and promote equity in access to needed services
Through VIP, CVP offers youth access to group models to build their individual resilience after an assault injury. This includes Building Resilience After a Violent Experience (BRAVE), a 10 session, peer-led group intervention model for youth ages 13-18 who have experienced community violence. Our program staff and trainees participate in the Stress-Less Initiative, a group model that promotes their own positive coping and health outcomes while they provide trauma-informed care to violently injured youth and their families.