NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is one of nine facilities across New Jersey to earn grant funding for its hospital-based violence intervention programs, Gov. Phil Murphy has announced.

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords joined Murphy in announcing the awards at the Mary Bethune Center in Jersey City.

The primary goal of the New Jersey Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (NJHVIP) is to link hospitals and other medical facilities with community-based organizations that are already working to assist victims and reduce violence.

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The grant totals $20 million and is being launched with federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. New Jersey is one of the first states to use VOCA funds to implement this program. The funding of the nine sites is for a period of 21 months.

RWJUH has been selected to serve not only the City of New Brunswick, but the geographic area of Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties. 

“The funds provided by this program will have both immediate and long-term positive effects," New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill said. "Incidents of violence are crises of public health. As such, implementing hospital-based violence intervention programs provides a holistic approach in enhancing the healing process for victims of violence and helping communities across our State to become safer, healthier, and stronger.”  

Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) reach victims of gun violence and others touched by violence right at the time of crisis and are proven to reduce repeat injury. They seek to leverage these crucial moments, when medical treatment and recovery services can be combined with education, counseling, social services and case management to prevent future involvement in violence. HVIPs serve victims of many types of violence, including human trafficking.  

“The funding awarded today further reinforces our administration’s commitment to reducing gun violence in New Jersey by enhancing the tools at the disposal of public health facilities and victim service providers,” Murphy said.  “With the implementation of hospital-based violence intervention programs, our state is better equipped to support victims and offer best practices to the community organizations working to prevent additional violence from occurring.”

Murphy said the following sites have been selected to serve the geographic areas indicated:
  1. Center for Family Services – City of Camden, Camden County
  2. Trinitas Health Foundation – Elizabeth, Union County
  3. Atlantic Care – Atlantic City, Atlantic County
  4. Capital Health – Trenton, Mercer County
  5. Jersey City Medical Center (RWJBarnabas) – Jersey City, Hudson County
  6. RWJ University Hospital – New Brunswick – Serving Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties
  7. University Hospital – Newark, Essex County
  8. Jersey Shore University Medical Center/Hackensack Meridian – Monmouth County – Focusing on Asbury Park, Neptune Township and Long Branch City
  9. St. Joseph’s Health – Paterson, Passaic County