Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP)

Violence-related injuries result in more than two million emergency department visits across the country per year, and have profound health and mental health effects.


The Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), as part of the HAVEN team and based in the MGH Emergency Department, helps victims of violence recover from the physical and emotional trauma by providing them with skills, services and opportunities so they can be empowered to make positive changes in their lives and contribute to building safer and healthier communities.

VIAP helps to reduce risk factors for violence and increase protective factors by utilizing engagement, motivations, advocacy and supportive techniques.


About this Program

We recognize that acts of community violence are traumatic events that affect both individuals and the overall community. Violent injuries have serious health consequences, including PTSD, and substance abuse. Mass General presents an opportunity for intervention to help aid in the recovery process and reduce recidivism.

VIAP is an active member of the National Network of Hospital based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) and maintains strong working partnerships with other Boston hospital based violence prevention/intervention programs. To best support and serve clients, VIAP collaborates with community organizations including police, courts, district attorney’s offices, housing, immigration, legal services and other assistance programs. 

2014 Outcomes

  • 35 patients seen while they were in the hospital: 15 of these were for assault, 12 were for a stab wound(s), and 7 were for gunshot(s), 1 was a witness to violence.
  • 110 contacts provided while patients were in the hospital and post discharge from hospital and while working with patients in the community. 29 referrals were made.
  • Hosted high school students to shadow a through CCHI’s Youth Scholar Program.
  • Received approximately 45 requests from hospital employees for resources and information to assist victims of violence who presented to the hospital.


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Debra Drumm

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