Center for Injury Research and Prevention

VPI Signature Programs

The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) applies a research-to-action-to-impact approach to address exposure to and impact of violence in the lives of the youth and families we serve by developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs and initiatives. VPI’s programming provides the right preventive or therapeutic intervention to the right person in the right place at the right time. With additional funding, our goal is to disseminate our program models more broadly in the future.

VPI’s programming aims to promote healing at every opportunity for our health system to intervene during a child’s lifespan:

In Schools

Over the past 20 years, our bullying prevention experts have partnered with administrators, teachers, and staff in the School District of Philadelphia to show children how to prevent aggression and bullying by recognizing and managing feelings, reading social cues, and being positive bystanders.

  • Preventing Aggression in Schools Everyday (PRAISE)
    • What is it? A 20 session classroom-based bullying prevention program that teaches problem-solving, perspective taking, and how to be a positive bystander
    • For which children? Third to fifth grade students
    • Who are our partners? Elementary schools within the School District of Philadelphia
  • Friend to Friend (F2F)
    • What is it? A school-based relational aggression intervention comprised of a small group  program for girls and accompanying classroom lessons for girls’ classmates
    • For which children? Third to fifth grade girls
    • Who are our partners? Counselors and teachers elementary schools with the School District of Philadelphia; A 40 school clinical trial will examine the effectiveness of F2F led by school staff with coaching from CHOP for relationally aggressive girls and their classmates
  • Free2B
    • What is it? A school-based 90-minute multimedia experience that provides education about peer bullying, its impact on students and schools, and the important role that positive bystanders can play
    • For which children? Seventh and eighth grade students
    • Who are our partners? Free2B was co-developed and disseminated by CHOP and Life Changing Experiences (LCE) to over 40 schools across the state of PA, including 12 schools in Philadelphia; LCE continues to disseminate Free2B across the country and internationally

In the Healthcare Setting

Universal screening for intimate partner violence occurs in CHOP’s Emergency Department, with intimate partner violence specialists available to CHOP patient families and employees hospital-wide.

  • STOP Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
    • What is it? Provider-initiated screening and on-site support and safety planning for CHOP patients and families experiencing intimate partner violence; training for healthcare providers in screening procedures and case consultations for family violence
    • For which children? Available to all CHOP patient families and staff
    • Who are our partners? Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) Bilingual Domestic Violence Program

In the Community

VPI provides children who have been injured by violent means and their families with intensive case management, trauma-informed mental health services, and connections to community resources.

  • Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
    • What is it? Post-hospital discharge community-focused case management that addresses mental health and other service needs (e.g., medical, education, legal, housing) to promote safety and recovery, and prevent future violent events
    • For which children? Assault-injured youth ages 8 to 19 who are treated in the CHOP ED or Trauma Unit, and their families
    • Who are our partners? Violence Intervention Specialists at CHOP work with a large network of schools, police districts, community agencies, and behavioral health and medical providers across Philadelphia

In addition to these Signature Programs of VPI, there are many more programs at CHOP that are working to reduce the potential for and the impact of violence on children and youth. Read about these programs.

To read more about CHOP's public health approach to reducing our youth exposure to violence read this article that appeared in Christian Science Monitor in March 2018.