Bridging the Gap seeks to reduce re-injury and mortality among youths and adults by providing intentionally injured patients at VCU Medical Center with support from a victim advocate, individualized goal planning, and access to resources in the community.
Bridging the Gap works with intentionally injured youths and their families in both the hospital and community setting to offer support needed to break the cycle of violence by:
- Providing alternative choices to violence through community resources, education, and employment.
- Building of existing strengths within individuals and families in order to address specific needs of each participant.
- Positive role modeling.
- Affecting the attitudes and behavior related to violence.
- Working closely with a variety of community organizations to meet the needs of individuals and families.