State to Expand Hospital-Based Programs to Help Victims Break Cycle of Violence

Newark's University Hospital began a violence-intervention program in 2017 that counsels gunshot victims immediately after a shooting, and then continues to provide them with services designed to improve their lives and prevent more shootings. While data have not been collected showing the effect on the community's overall violence, the program has greatly reduced the number of "frequent fliers" who return to the hospital with new injuries, and it has exposed 250 people to social services. The program inspired New Jersey to invest $20 million to expand to nine hospitals over a 21-month span.

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