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), based at MGH’s 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.



In 2013:

  • 123 patients seen while they were in the hospital.
  • 324 contacts provided while patients were in the hospital, post-discharge from hospital, and while working with patients in the community.
  • MD/MPH student observed weekly for one semester to learn about program to create new program in Detroit, Michigan.
  •  Hosted both high school and college students to shadow through CCHI’s Youth Scholar Program.
  • Started the Boston Hospital Community Violence Collaborative. MGH, BMC, BI, BWH meet and share information to further develop and enhance programs.
  • Participated in the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs Conference in Philadelphia.

Amanda Breen

Phone: 617 643-4303