Violence Intervention Advocacy Program
How Does VIAP Work?
VIAP assigns victims of community violence and their family member(s) a Violence Intervention Advocate and a Family Support Coordinator to assist in providing comprehensive, trauma informed, 360 degree care.
Violence Intervention Advocates (VIAs)
A (VIA) is an advocate who can be with you during your journey to recovery. Your advocate can:
- Be a liaison between you/your family and BMC staff to ensure your medical needs are met.
- Visit you daily and be someone to talk with who understands your experience.
- Help you make changes in desired areas of your life.
- Create a safety plan as you return to your community so you can recover.
- Help secure transportation and/or go with you to appointments.
Crisis Intervention, Support, and Advocacy
- Safety Planning
- Mental Health services
- Substance Abuse services
- Access to Family Support services
Case Management and Community Resources
Ongoing case management and connections to community resources will continue for up to one year including:
- Medical Insurance
- Primary Care Physicians
- Financial Assistance (food stamps, victim’s compensation and SSDI)
- Housing Application Assistance
- Legal Support
- Education and Job Training Programs
- Life Skills Training (financial literacy and effective communication)
- Recreational and Wellness Programs
Family Support Services
- Support at school meetings (Individual Education Plan (IEP) and tutoring)
- Support with legal issues
- Systems support and navigation (hospital, legal, housing)
- Mental Health support