RWJUH Among Nine Sites Selected for HVIP Grant
The nine sites selected to receive Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program funds, including New Brunswick's RWJ University Hospital. (photo courtesy of Governor Phil Murphy on Facebook)
Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords announced on Wednesday the winners of grant funding to establish nine hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) across New Jersey. Among the winners was New Brunswick's RWJ University Hospital.
The primary goal of the New Jersey Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (NJHVIP) is to link hospitals and other medical facilities with community-based organizations that are already working to assist victims and reduce violence.
The grant totals $20 million, and is being launched with federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. New Jersey is one of the first states to use VOCA funds to implement this program. The funding of the nine sites is for a period of 21 months.
RWJUH has been selected to serve not only the City of New Brunswick, but the geographic area of Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties. “The funds provided by this program will have both immediate and long-term positive effects," said New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill about this program. "Incidents of violence are crises of public health. As such, implementing hospital-based violence intervention programs provides a holistic approach in enhancing the healing process for victims of violence and helping communities across our State to become safer, healthier, and stronger.”