The Violence Prevention Program is determined to reduce the frequency and the severity of recidivism for violent injury and criminal activity among persons living in and around Baltimore City. Committed to Dr. King's vision of "The Beloved Community," our services focus on the enhancement of personal strengths, conflict resolution and the development of community relationships.

The VPP includes several component services:

Our Mission

The mission of the Violence Prevention Program (VPP) is to prevent violent personal injury among Baltimore City's most at-risk populations through research into the root causes of violence and the development of evidence-based programs targeting the root causes of violence.

The VPP draws upon the resources and talent of the School of Medicine Departments of Surgery and Epidemiology & Public Health to attend to the patient population and offer services through the STC. VPP seeks to serve as a national model in bridging the community, criminal justice and medical systems and in the development and dissemination of proven, effective interventions.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; Only love can do that...And I say to you, I have decided to stick to love. For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems." -- Martin Luther King

Our Vision 

The Violence Prevention Program will serve as a national cost-effective model of a hospital-based intervention program that can be replicated throughout the country to reduce violence and its ripple effects. This will set the mood of peace, out of which a system of peace can be built and Dr. King's vision of "The Beloved Community" can exist.

Contact Us

For additional information, please email us at or call 410-328-9833

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