Meet Dee Dee, who recovered from a violent assault with help from a team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Violence is a public health epidemic in our country. Every year, hundreds of thousands of injured youth ages 10 to 24 are cared for in emergency departments across the country due to violence. The health and psychosocial consequences can last long after the violence occurs.
The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at CHOP is an evidence-based effort to protect youth from violence. The program strives to reduce the incidence and impact of aggression on children and families in our community through educational programming in schools and the community, screening for risk in clinical settings, and direct casework with injured youth and their family members. It has become a national and global model for hospital-based and community-delivered violence prevention.