Volume  3 Issue 2
May 2012
In This Issue
2012 NNHVIP Conference
Defending Children Task Force Interview with Dr. Thea James
Program Profile: Project Ujima
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Order the NNHVIP Best Practices Guide
Save the Date:
2012 NNHVIP Annual Conference

Theme: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Victims, Recovery & Progress

Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: August 29-30, 2012 
Registration Opens May 16, 2012
Defending Children Task Force
Learn from the Expert 
Ayana Bradshaw from the Philadelphia Headquarters sits down with  Dr. Thea James of the Massachusetts Violence Intervention Advocacy Program for an interview on her work with  
the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

The National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence is a panel of 13 leading experts on violence and America's children. The task force was created in 2011 under the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative. The group will hold 4 public hearings and collect written testimonies online as it gathers information on the situation from both experts and impacted families and communities. From this research, the group will issue a final report to the Attorney General in late 2012 that presents the findings and offers policy recommendations for preventing and reducing the negative effects of exposure to violence.


1) How has your work on Massachusetts VIAP (and NNHVIP) translated to the Task Force?  


I've been able to  bring insight and perspective to the task force  gained from doing the work we do in our individual hospital based programs, and our collective efforts and  work in the NNHVIP. When I have shared the work and mission of the network and what we see in our programs, task force members seem fascinated by it. I've been able to articulate the importance of looking at violence from a bird's eye view-then making a 360 degree intervention, assessing individual victims and addressing everything that has contributed to their present state, and determining what will be necessary for them to heal and move forward. This includes family, education, mental health, life skills, employment, etc.  You have to analyze every single component. For example, when a victim comes in [to the ED] with a stab wound we do a needs assessment to determine what is going on, and then we address the needs we have identified. But if you send the victim back to the same environment that bred the situation, nothing will change.  There would be nothing to support and nurture new life skills learned by the  victiim. A 360-degree intervention includes working with parents, and whoever is in the victim's life to provide them with services as well.


We've heard nine or ten year-olds talking about what they want their shrines to look like. Other kids think about school and about college, but some of the children that come into the ED think that death or injury is in their life trajectory. Lately I've started paying attention to tattoos. They tell a story about [the patient's] trajectory-"Living is hard, dying is easy" or "Born to be hated, dying to be loved". One can imagine a connection between that tattoo and who that person was at nine years old, and what happened as they developed a perspective about life over the years.

I've been able to bring that kind of perspective [to the task force] about defending children from exposure to violence, but I also try to convey that it is not some impossible, unknowable thing. Just as you have negative influences in a community you have things like schools and hospitals that can screen kids from the very beginning. There could be mandatory programs like ours working and mentoring with every kid that comes in who has been shot or stabbed.




NNHVIP Program Profile: 

Project Ujima (Milwaukee, WI) 


Named for the third principle of Kwanzaa, Project Ujima takes this principle of "working together to make it right" and applies it to the problem of violence prevention. The program primarily assists 7- to 18-year old victims of peer-to-peer violence who come into the Emergency Room or Trauma Department at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. However, the project also offers services to adult victims of any crime- violent or non-violent.


Since environmental, social, and behavioral factors all influence the cycle of crime that results in repeat victims, Project Ujima uses a multidisciplinary approach in working with victims of violent crime to promote healthy recovery and development and to prevent future victimization. Project Ujima's patients receive hospital- based services, such as social and emotional assessments and medical or psychological referrals if necessary. At discharge, the program connects patients with community-based organizations and sets up home visits by a nurse or a Community Liaison. The program's community-based work includes family and youth development programs, like the Youth Leadership Council and a six-week day camp. In addition, Project Ujima provides services such as housing support, job preparation, and legal assistance. Project Ujima also works to increase community and professional knowledge and awareness of violence prevention by holding monthly seminars on youth violence and development.


The project itself is a collaboration between the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Children's Service Society of Wisconsin. In 2004, the Federal Department of Justice recognized Project Ujima with the "Professional Innovation in Victim Services" award. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee gave Project Ujima the" Outstanding Achievement in Sustained Community-University Partnerships" award in 2003.


Upcoming Funding Opportunities 

Action Partnerships for National Membership Professional Affiliation and Community Service Organizations Responding to Polyvictimization

Up to 6 cooperative agreements of $250,000 will be awarded to national organizations to identify and address gaps in services for victims who suffer from polyvictimization. Applicants are limited to national nonprofit membership, professional affiliation, and community service organizations, and must demonstrate the financial and organizational capacity to manage this cooperative agreement.

Important Dates:

  • Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2012

The Public Welfare Foundation-Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program

This program supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need nationwide. The Foundation's Criminal Justice funding program supports organizations that are seeking to reduce incarceration rates of adult offenders in the U.S. The Juvenile Justice program focuses on organizations working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth.

Important Dates:

  • Letter of Inquiry Suggested Deadline: June 20, 2012
  • Proposal Deadline: July 20, 2012


is dedicated to

strengthening existing hospital-based violence intervention programs and helping develop similar programs in communities across the country.


NNHVIP releases Best Practices Guide 
Violence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence
To order a copy, click here


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NNHVIP Project Manager

Research Updates


Adolescent multiple risk behaviour: an asset approach to the role of family, school and community.

Brooks FM, Magnusson J, Spencer N, Morgan A. J. Public Health 2012; 34 Suppl 1(ePub): i48-i56. Abstract 



Development of a nurse home visitation intervention for intimate partner violence.

Jack SM, Ford-Gilboe M, Wathen CN, Davidov DM, McNaughton DB, Coben JH, Olds DL, MacMillan HL. BMC Health Serv. Res. 2012; 12(1): 50. Abstract

Risk of Revictimization of Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of Attachment, Anger and Violent Behavior of the Victim.

Kuijpers KF, van der Knaap LM, Winkel FW. J. Fam. Violence 2012; 27(1): 33-44. Abstract

The ties that bind: understanding the impact of sexual assault disclosure on survivors' relationships with friends, family, and partners.

Ahrens CE, Aldana E. J. Trauma Dissociation 2012; 13(2): 226-243. Abstract

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