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Bridging the Gap:

Youth/Community Violence Intervention


statistics for re-injury ratesBridging the Gap began as a pilot study in 2007, with services provided to Richmond area youth, ages 10-24, who had been admitted to VCU Medical Center for intentional injuries such as gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and assaults.

Though no longer a study, BTG is a voluntary program that continues to focus on this population with the goal of reducing the rate of re-injury, and subsequent health care demands and costs often associated with violent injuries, by providing youth and their families with the services required to break the cycle of violence.

In addition to supporting and helping to coordinate appropriate follow up health care post-discharge, Bridging the Gap provides youths and their families with intensive case management services in the home and community environments in order to connect them with community resources that help with housing, enrolling in educational and vocational programs, assisting in finding positive social outlets, and accessing mental health services. 

In addition to the BTG services described above, a victim advocate meets with intentionally injured patients of any age admitted to VCU Health and assists with completing an in-hospital assessment and offer information on community resources that benefit victims of crime. In addition, the advocate provides as-needed follow up with patients after they're discharged from the hospital.


Bridging the Gap continues to work to identify agencies and organizations in the greater Richmond area that can offer resources and opportunities to serve youth and their families who are enrolled in our program.

If your organization is interested in partnering with us, learning more about partnership opportunities, or, if you would just like more information on Bridging the Gap services please contact:

Rachelle HunleyBTG-EL Program Manager
Rachelle Hunley, MPP

The BTG advocate also focuses on frequently assessing participants’ mental health during their recovery. Learn more about the emotional traumatic effects violence can have on victims of violence, as well as on family, friends, and your community.