Center for Community and
Health Equity

Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs

Violence is a health equity issue, and preventing violence is an important component of achieving equity in health and in our communities. Violence affects your health by causing injury, disability, and premature death. In our communities, some groups are more affected by violence than others.

View the "Lead the Change: Gun Violence Forum" (June 4, 2021)

Resources and Partners

Boston Area Community Partners

Did you know?

  • Homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 24, and it is the second-leading cause of death for Hispanics of the same age
  • Black males 15 to 19 years old are six times as likely to be homicide victims compared to their white peers
  • On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States and in 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner
  • In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that shows that women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year
  • 15.5 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred

Our Violence Intervention and Prevention Program works to end all forms of violence in our communities through comprehensive intervention and prevention strategies.


Through our Passageway program, we provide services for patients, employees, and community members who are experiencing abuse from an intimate partner. Learn more about Passageway.

Violence Recovery Program

Through our Violence Recovery Program, we provide comprehensive services to patients admitted to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a result of intentional violence. Learn more about our Violence Recovery Program.

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For more information on any of our programs, please contact the Senior Director of Community Health Intervention and Prevention Programs, Mardi Chadwick Balcom, JD at