Research and Programs
The Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) applies a research-to-action-to-impact approach to address exposure to and impact of violence in the lives of the youth and families we serve by developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs and initiatives. CVP’s programming provides the right preventive or therapeutic intervention to the right person in the right place at the right time. With additional funding, our goal is to disseminate our program models more broadly in the future.
CVP’s programming aims to promote healing at every opportunity for our health system to intervene during a child’s lifespan:
CVP's evidence-based bullying prevention programs teach children the skills needed to prevent bullying in schools by understanding feelings, recognizing social cues, and being positive bystanders.
Assault Injury Prevention
Since 2012, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) CVP has provided intensive case management, trauma-informed mental health services, and connections to community resources to youth and their families injured by community violence.
Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
STOP IPV is a multi-component, collaborative program, jointly supported by CHOP and Lutheran Settlement House (LSH). STOP IPV is designed to address intimate partner violence and teen dating violence, while also considering the impact of child abuse and community violence on individuals and families.
The prevalence of guns in the U.S. is staggering – approximately 4.6 million children and teens live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Experts at CHOP have introduced a gun safety device distribution program in the Emergency Department, which also provides gun safety education to families.
CHOP's CVP aims to strengthen CHOP’s youth suicide prevention efforts and increase patients’ access to mental health services.
In addition to programs led by CVP, there are other violence prevention programs throughout the CHOP Network that provide services to affected youth and their families or conduct relevant research. Learn more about these violence prevention programs.
CVP researchers have published hundreds of articles in scientific journals.