Author: Lynn Graebner

Hospital-based Programs Break Cycle of Violent Injury

Victims of stabbings and shootings, usually gang-related, are often followed to the hospital by friends and relatives planning retaliation on behalf of the victim.

Retaliatory violence creates a vicious cycle, revealed starkly in hospital statistics. Within five years, 17 to 20 percent of victims will be readmitted to the hospital and won’t survive.

A growing network of hospitals and community organizations across the country are sending streetwise mentors to the hospital bedsides of youth with violent injuries.

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