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Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) at Boston Medical Center
The VIAP is a Boston Medical Center program that provides services to victims of community violence. Supporting the need for services , the Boston Public Health Commission partners closely with VIAP, and provides extensive support to address this public health issue. 

Our Goal
The Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) helps victims of violence recover from physical and emotional trauma by empowering them with skills, services and opportunities. Empowerment enables victims to return to their communities, make positive changes in their lives, strengthen others who were affected by violence, and contribute to building safer and healthier communities


What We Do
Using a Trauma Informed Care approach, VIAP provides services to any victim of gunshots and/or stabbings who are treated at Boston Medical Center. VIAP also works with any family member of the identified victim to provide services to them. VIAP assigns the victim a Violence Intervention Advocate that can assist the victim during their journey to recovery. The​ advocate can act as liaison between the victim, the family, and BMC staff to ensure medical needs are met. VIAP will visit the victim daily and be someone to talk with who understands the complex issues of trauma, and what the victim has experienced. The VIAP team will help the victim make changes in desired areas of their life, and create safety plans as the victim returns to the community so that they can properly recover. The VIAP team will continue to support and follow a victim and their family long after they are discharged from the hospital.


What We Offer
  •  Crisis intervention, support, and advocacy including:
    • Safety Planning
    • Mental Health services
    • Substance abuse services
    • Access to Family Support services
  • Ongoing case management and connections to community resources including:
    • Medical Insurance
    • Primary Care Physicians
    • Financial assistance (food stamps, victim’s
    • compensation and SSDI)
    • Housing application assistance
    • Legal support
    • Education and Job training programs
    • Life skills training (financial literacy and
    • effective communication)
    • Recreational and Wellness program
  • ​ Family Support Services:
    • Support at school meetings (Individual
    • Education Plan (IEP) and tutoring)
    • Support with legal issues.
    • Systems support and navigations (hospital,
    • DYS, housing)


Our Partners
  • Local partners: Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Youth Options Unlimited, Youth Connect, PACT Initiative, GED programs, job training programs, mental health providers, community health centers
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