4700 Waters Avenue
Heart & Vascular Building
Savannah, Georgia 31404
Violence Intervention Program (VIP):
- is a community-focused, hospital-based program designed to reduce recidivism among youth ages 12-25.
- is affiliated with the Emergency Department (ED) at Memorial Medical Center.
- is a program offered by the Victims-Witness Advocacy Program, a division of the Office of the District Attorney
- works with victims who are in the ED for intentional injuries such as, gun shots and knife wounds.
- is designed to address the physical, emotional and social needs that victims of violence face after being released from the ED.
Goals and Objectives
- To Facilitate and Optimize Trauma-informed Practice in the Emergency Department at Memorial Health
- To Reduce Rates of Injuries and Rates of Arrests for Violent Crimes
- To Break the Cycle of Arrest and Emergency Room Re-admission for Victims of Violent Injury in the 12 – 25 age Cohort
- To Assess Issues of Retaliation and Witness Intimidation at the Earliest Opportunity
- To Ensure the Location and Participation of the Victims of Violence for Court Processes
- To Provide Wrap-around Social Services Immediately After the Injury
- Without intervention, hospitals discharge victims of violence to the same violent environment where they were injured.
- Often this fosters a pathological cycle where they or their friends and family retaliate, causing even more injuries or death, arrest and incarceration.
- Studies show that hospitalization for violence related injuries is recurrent, with hospital readmission rates for subsequent assaults as high as 44 percent and subsequent homicide rates as high as 20 percent.
STUDY SHOWS THAT HOSPITAL-BASED VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM CAN REDUCE RATES OF AND INJURIES ARRESTS
In a clinical trial conducted from 1999-2002, researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that a hospital-based violence intervention program can help break the cycle of violence and violent crimes that often lead to traumatic injuries. The study, conducted at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, part of the University of Maryland Medical Center, was published in the September 2006 issue of the Journal of Trauma. The researchers found:
- Patients who participated in the trauma center's Violence Intervention Program (VIP) were three (3) times less likely to be arrested for a subsequent violent crime
- Four (4) times less likely to be convicted later of a violent crime
- Two (2) times less likely to commit any crime at all
- The VIP group's trauma center re-admission rate was 5% while the control group's was 35%
VIP Staff's Ongoing Connection With Clients
- After the ED, VIP Staff focuses on connecting victims to comprehensive support services such as:
- Substance abuse treatment and Post Traumatic Stress treatment
- Health care and Physical rehabilitation
- Education and Counseling
- Job Training and placement
Additionally, Staff Undertakes the Following:
- On going phone calls and home visits
- Support and advocacy during the Court process
- Crisis Intervention Coordinator
- Community Intervention Specialist
- Criminal Investigator I