Our goal is to reduce the burden of violence in Boston by providing comprehensive services to patients and families admitted to BWH after sustaining any violent intentional injury. The Program is collaboration between the Center for Community Health and Health Equity and the Division of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care Department. The Violence Recovery Specialist (VRS) works as part of a multidisciplinary team to offer support and ongoing advocacy for the patient and family during the hospitalization.
After discharge, the VRS will provide ongoing case management, advocacy, and support to the patient and family to ensure access and participation in services needed for recovery. Advocacy efforts will be guided by an individually tailored case plan that includes specific goals related to healing such as immediate safety (including legal system and housing), mental health counseling services, social support, and other areas as identified by the patient and the VRS.