Boston Medical Center’s Community Violence Response Team and Violence Intervention Advocacy Program

Boston Medical Center’s Community Violence Response Team and Violence Intervention Advocacy Program presented BMC’s model of violence intervention at the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (September 25-26th).

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National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) is a partnership of programs across the country that provides intervention services to individuals being treated for violent injuries.  They believe that violence is preventable and that trauma centers and emergency rooms have a golden moment of opportunity at the hospital bedside to engage with the victim and stop the cycle of violence.

Collaborations among VIPs and Mental Health Clinicians in the Hospital Setting
Lisa Allee, MSW, Injury Prevention Coordinator; Director, Community Violence Response Team, Department of Surgery, Section of Trauma
Elizabeth Dugan, MSW, Program Manager, Violence Intervention Advocacy Program, Department of Emergency Medicine

Lisa and Elizabeth presented on the importance of hospital based programs partnering with Mental Health Clinicians to provide comprehensive care for clients. They discussed details of how this can be beneficial for the client, the family, and the overall recovery, along with day-to-day operational issues. Lisa and Elizabeth also incorporated discussion of boundaries, role clarification, and continuum of care in the violence response setting. They concluded the presentation with the entire Community Violence Response Team (CVRT) and Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) team coming up for a panel discussion/case reports.

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