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Injury and Violence Prevention Program Counseling Program

The purpose of the Injury and Violence Prevention Program Counseling Program is to provide counseling services for a multi-disciplinary, hospital-based Injury and Violence Prevention Program including Project Empower, Bridging the Gap, and GRACY. The counseling program is dedicated to enhancing prevention and intervention services to survivors and families experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic violence (DV), sexual assault/violence (SV), and interpersonal/community violence. The Counseling Program provides training opportunities for interested interns, including modeling, shadowing, and direct client contact during their field placements.

For services or information, contact ivppcounseling@vcuhealth.org.

What is IPV?

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is defined as a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that may include inflicted physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, progressive social isolation, stalking, deprivation, intimidation and threats. These behaviors are perpetrated by someone who is, was or wishes to be involved in an intimate or dating relationship and are aimed at establishing power and control by one partner over another.

Local Resources for DV/IPV and Child Abuse Counseling Services:

YWCA of Richmond
6 N 5th St, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 643-6761

Safe Harbor
2006 Bremo Road #201, Richmond, VA 23226
(804) 249-9470

Hanover Safe Place
629 N Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 752-2702

The James House (note: there are several locations)

  • 229 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
  • 6610 Commons Drive, Suite C, Prince George, VA 23875
    (804) 732-1711

Child Savers
200 North 22nd Street, Richmond, VA 23223

National Resources

Healthcare Provider Training

Did you know?:

  • 44-47% of women killed by their intimate partners have been seen by a health care provider within the year preceding their death
  • Patients who experience IPV access the health care system 2.5x’s more than the average patient

The IVPP Counseling team can provide training and education on trauma-informed response and services on injury and violence prevention: Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, Human Trafficking, Interpersonal Violence as well as proper screening and assessment. Survivors report that they are not embarrassed to be asked about abuse and that discussing it would strengthen relationships with health care providers. Health care providers have a unique opportunity to identify victims and provide critical interventions and referrals.

If you are interested in a training or an in-service for your staff please contact an the program at ivppcounseling@vcuhealth.org.

For More Information

Mailing address:
Injury & Violence Prevention Program
Box 980141
Richmond, VA 23298-0141