American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Cyclical Violence Efforts

Trauma centers stand on the front lines of the interpersonal violence epidemic. With injury recidivism rates as high as 55 percent, trauma surgeons and other advocates are exploring ways to close this revolving door to decrease violent injury, similar to the methods that have been used effectively to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are multidisciplinary programs that identify patients at risk of repeat violent injury and link them with hospital- and community-based resources aimed to address underlying risk factors for violence, such as mental health and social determinants of health. Data indicate the HVIPs reduce violent injury recidivism, as well as hospital costs, but more research is needed to better target these efforts and help spread them to areas of need around the country.

The Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act would provide grant funding to create new HVIP programs as well as expand current successful programs. It also requires research on best practices which will play a critical role in documenting the success of these programs and will create a road map for hospitals to follow.

Take Action: Contact Congress in Support of the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act

ACS Letter of Support for S. 2422, the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2021 (7/22/2021)

ACS Letter of Support for H.R. 1260, the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2021 (3/2/2021)

Previous Congressional Efforts