Transforming Violence Intervention in Health Care through Trauma-Informed Practice

This project provides specific, practical guidance about trauma-informed practice to hospital-based and hospital-linked violence intervention programs to better address violence intervention in diverse communities.   


  • Implement trauma-informed practice as a standard to hospital-based and hospital-linked violence intervention programs
  • Improve the effectiveness of health-care based violence intervention by connecting providers in a variety of settings around trauma-informed practice

Population Addressed: Programs providing violence intervention in health care settings and community organizations, particularly those programs addressing the needs of young black men.

Rationale and Relevance:

  • Violence disproportionately affects urban youth of color, particularly boys and men.
  • Many injured youth have a history of early childhood adversity in addition to the physical and psychological trauma of their acute injuries.
  • Diverse communities often lack access to culturally appropriate trauma informed care and assessment tools, and robust linkages between hospitals, social services and community systems
  • Trauma-informed evaluation and case management are critical to improving the physical and emotional health of these young people and preventing retaliation and reenactment.

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