Center For Violence Prevention
The mission of the Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, formerly known as the Violence Prevention Initiative, is to reduce the exposure to and impact of violence among children, teens, and families. The CVP team conducts community-focused research and designs innovative, evidence-based programs that are implemented, disseminated and sustained across clinical, school and neighborhood settings. Their work is trauma-informed and rooted in racial equity and social justice.
Violence is a public health epidemic in our country. Tragically, today more than 40% of children in the United States are exposed to some form of violence -- or the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person or group. Environmental, social and interpersonal factors all play a role in the “contagion” of violence.
In the context of health promotion and disease prevention, it is imperative that health systems both study and address the physical, emotional and psychological toll of violence exposure on children and their families.