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Getting help if you are a victim of violence

Victims of violent crimes may have trouble coping. We can help during your loved one’s stay in the trauma center, call the Victim’s Assistance Resources in your home county, which you can reach by calling your local District Attorney’s office.

Injury and Violence Prevention Program

Our prevention and intervention programs help stop violent injury, reduce retaliation, and build healthier communities. Violence prevention and intervention programs are a powerful way to stop the revolving door of violent injury in our hospitals. Engaging patients in the hospital, during their recovery, is a golden opportunity to change their lives and reduce retaliation and recidivism. Learn more about our Injury and Violence Prevention Program.

Bridging the Gap 

This program has services for Richmond area youth, ages 10-24, who have been admitted to VCU Medical Center for intentional injuries such as gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and assaults. Our goal is 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. Learn more about Bridging the Gap.


We are home to Project EMPOWER, a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to prevention and intervention services to individuals and their family who experience intimate partner violence or sexual assault.


Resources for Children

Our Virginia Treatment Center for Children is provides family-centered care and a range of psychiatric services for children and adolescents. We provide both inpatient and outpatient services, plus short-term crisis stabilization with round-the-clock care within a supportive environment. We work with families and communities to transition children home with continuing care after discharge.


  • ChildSavers
  • Helping Children of Adult Patients (HCAP)