The attorney general’s office is looking to expand a program aimed at stopping the cycle of violence.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Tuesday his office is making $20 million in federal grants available to start violence intervention programs at nine qualified hospitals or other medical facilities across the state. Facilities will apply for the grants to start their own programs.
The goal of the intervention programs is to reach victims of gun violence right after they’ve been injured, combining counseling and social services to change attitudes around guns and to prevent retaliation.
University Hospital in Newark currently operates the only hospital-based program in the state.
“These hospital-based violence intervention programs have shown that there is more than one way to save lives at a hospital,” said Grewal. ” You can save lives by healing gunshot wounds, and you can also save lives by changing lives and turning them away from violence.”
Grewal said a primary goal of the intervention programs is to link medical providers with community-based organizations that are already working to assist victims and reduce violence.