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Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Initiative

The Division of Violence Prevention partners with Boston community organizations, service providers and residents to address and prevent multiple forms of violence and related trauma by supporting strengths and assets so all residents and neighborhoods thrive.

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The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Initiative is a program of the Division of Violence Prevention at BPHC. VIP works in 6 micro-neighborhoods averaging 900 households. These neighborhoods have high rates of gun violence but strong community infrastructure. Each VIP neighborhood has its own resident coalition coordinated by a local community organization. VIP coalitions ensure that residents have the knowledge and resources they need. They make residents feel empowered to be part of the solution and create sustained change in their communities.

Goals and Objectives

VIP's goal is to strengthen the ability to prevent violence using community engagement and action. The VIP Initiative works with residents, community leaders, and organizations to meet the following objectives:

  1. VIP Neighborhood Coalitions recognize and promote neighborhood assets as they determine neighborhood needs.
  2. Children and youth engage in positive activities, develop leadership skills, and take leadership roles in the neighborhood.
  3. Residents have equitable access to the necessary resources for physical and emotional wellness.
  4. The physical environment of the neighborhood encourages outdoor activity and social connection. 
  5. When incidents of violence occur community members lead public actions. They shift norms and expectations about violence and promote community building.
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