Governor Ralph Northam announced on Thursday that $2.45 million in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funds were awarded to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Foundation to support the implementation of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs) at seven Virginia hospitals.
These grants were included in the funding approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) at its May 9 meeting in Richmond.
Based on similar models used by hospital systems to address other public health concerns, the HVIP model identifies risks and provides victims of violence with educational and support services. Hospital intervention and subsequent support to connect victims to a meaningful, structured case management program are essential elements of an effective HVIP program—along with access to education, employment, mental health care, substance treatment, and housing resources.
The HVIP will connect victims of crime with extensive wraparound services after their immediate medical needs are met. Participating hospitals will provide services that respond to the specific needs of crime victims and help them to stabilize their lives after being victimized, proceed with the potential prosecution of an assailant, and restore a sense of safety to the victim and their family.
Federal VOCA funding supports the delivery of direct services to victims of crime. A crime victim, for the purpose of this grant program, is defined as a person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, and/or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. As the State Administering Agency for the Department of Justice, DCJS is responsible for administering VOCA grants and monitoring sub-recipients.
The VHHA Foundation, formerly the Virginia Hospital Research & Education Foundation, is the charitable non-profit affiliate of VHHA. Its focus is on improving the health of Virginians through collaboration, research, and education for Virginia’s hospitals and health systems. The foundation provides continuing education programs for Virginia’s health care professionals through conferences, seminars, and webinars. VHHA Foundation also supports research and patient safety and quality programs.