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Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery


Our Mission

The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery (CVPR) facilitates a comprehensive, integrated approach to addressing multiple forms of violence experienced in people's lives.  Established in 1997, the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery's mission is:

  • To improve the health and well-being of people impacted by  multiple forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, community violence and homicide by providing trauma-informed  services and programs;
  • To improve the health care response of violence and train healthcare providers to identify and respond to  patients who are experiencing or have previously experienced violence in their lives; and
  • To engage in innovative collaboration between health care providers and community organizations to provide violence intervention, prevention and recovery services

Our Direct Service Programs

The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery (CVPR) provides trauma-informed services. CVPR creates an atmosphere that is respectful of survivors' need for safety, acceptance, and respect. It emphasizes survivors' strengths, highlighting adaptations over symptoms, and resilience over pathology. Trauma-informed services strive to maximize a survivor's choices and control over his/her recovery.

All of CVPR direct service programs are:

  • Offered at no charge to the individual or family receiving services;
  • Available to everyone of any culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion;
  • Available in multiple languages through BIDMC interpreters;
  • Primarily offered in-person at sites in Boston, and can be accessed by telephone.

Our programs are described in more detail below.

Safe Transitions: Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Established in 1994, the Safe Transitions Program supports individuals experiencing threatening, coercive, and abusive relationships. Our services may be helpful to you if:  you are experiencing abuse; you want to learn more about domestic violence; you are a provider seeking consultation; or you would like our staff to conduct a training session for your department or organization.  For more information about domestic violence and how we can help you, visit our  Domestic Violence web page.

Rape Crisis Intervention Program

Founded in 1974, the Rape Crisis Intervention Program was one of the first hospital-based rape crisis centers in the country. In 1997, this program became part of the newly formed CVPR. We provide services for survivors of sexual assault, their families, and friends. We also offer consultation to community organizations and public education.  For more information about sexual assault and how we can help, visit our  Sexual Assault web page.

Community Violence Intervention Program

CVPR offers a range of counseling and advocacy services for those who have been a victim of or a witness to community violence, including those who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to homicide.  For more information about community violence and how we can help, visit our Community Violence   web page.

Homicide Support Services Project 

The Homicide Support Services Project (HSSP) is a unique collaboration among the CVPR, Bowdoin Street Health Center and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Our program provides support services to family members, friends, and community members who have lost a loved one to homicide. For more information about homicide and how we can help, visit our Homicide Support Services web page.

The Advocate Education and Support Project

The CVPR supports the advocate Network in the victim services field through its innovative program, the Advocate Education and Support Project (AESP). AESP promotes staff and organizational resilience by addressing the impact of secondary trauma on advocates and providers. It works to improve staff performance and prevent burnout through facilitated education sessions. For more information about the Advocate Education and Support Project,  click here.


Contact Information

Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215