VCU Injury & Violence Prevention Program

VCU Injury & Violence Prevention Program A multi-disciplinary group of health care providers dedicated to reducing & preventing injury & violence through research, education, & community outreach

IVPP is a non-profit organization that is a part of VCU Medical Center's Division of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery

IVPP is a non-profit organization that is a part of VCU Medical Center's Division of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery

Call for the victim hotline: anytime, any day.
10/14/2021

Call for the victim hotline: anytime, any day.

If you're a victim of drunk or drugged driving, call our Victim Helpline at 877.MADD.HELP.
Call us, anytime. Day or Night.
#nomorevictims #victimhelpline

#MoveOver for emergency vehicles!!
10/14/2021

#MoveOver for emergency vehicles!!

See flashing lights? #MoveOver for emergency vehicles.

Seat belts save lives, and they’re your best defense in a crash. Remember the Operation Crash Reduction every day. Help ...
10/13/2021

Seat belts save lives, and they’re your best defense in a crash. Remember the Operation Crash Reduction every day. Help us spread the message: Buckle Up, America! VirginiaDMV NHTSA

Seat belts save lives, and they’re your best defense in a crash. Remember the Operation Crash Reduction every day. Help us spread the message: Buckle Up, America! VirginiaDMV NHTSA

10/13/2021

As we continue National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we feel compelled to look at the overwhelming impact of COVID-19. A 2020 survey of advocates and other victim services professionals by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence had alarming results:

- The severity of violence has escalated due to isolation with abusers and added stressors;
- Resources for victims are limited because of funding, lack of staff, and health restrictions due to coronavirus;
- The increase in fi****ms sales has led to increased reports of armed threats by abusers;
- Victims who decide to leave their abuser have fewer safe options to do so.

As the pandemic continues to recede, we know that domestic violence will not end. We are determined to apply the lessons learned during this unprecedented time to ensure victims receive the services they need, no matter the circumstances.

If you would like to learn more or if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. You can also search for local resources on our website at https://vanetwork.org/resources/.

#DVAM2021

10/12/2021

From 2010–2020, October was the second deadliest month on #Virginia roads, with a total of 802 traffic fatalities. Seat belts save lives - Buckle Up, Virginia! #BuckleUpVirginia #BuckleUpAmerica

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!
10/12/2021

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

You can't erase what happens when you drink and drive! Plan ahead and designate a driver. #planahead #designateadriver #nomorevictims

#PedestrianSafetySlow speeds save lives!
10/12/2021

#PedestrianSafety

Slow speeds save lives!

Did you know? The chances of a pedestrian surviving a crash rapidly decrease when the vehicle speed is above 30 mph. Slower speeds save lives. #PedestrianSafety

Keep your community and neighbors safe! When driving, always obey speed limits and look out for pedestrians!  #Pedestria...
10/11/2021

Keep your community and neighbors safe! When driving, always obey speed limits and look out for pedestrians! #PedestrianSafety VirginiaDMV NHTSA

Keep your community and neighbors safe! When driving, always obey speed limits and look out for pedestrians! #PedestrianSafety VirginiaDMV NHTSA

It takes motorists time to adjust their vision to the early darkness associated with the end of Daylight Savings Time.  ...
10/07/2021

It takes motorists time to adjust their vision to the early darkness associated with the end of Daylight Savings Time. Drive extra cautiously and be alert! VirginiaDMV NHTSA

It takes motorists time to adjust their vision to the early darkness associated with the end of Daylight Savings Time. Drive extra cautiously and be alert! VirginiaDMV NHTSA

10/07/2021

Distracted driving crashes claimed over 3,000 lives in 2019 which is nearly a 10% increase from 2018.

When you’re behind the wheel, put down the phone, food, coffee, makeup, and whatever else takes your eyes off the road. Always - #JustDrive.

10/06/2021

There is a lot we recognize this October, including: #NationalDepressionAwarenessMonth, #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth, #LgbtHistoryMonth, #NationalBullyingPreventionMonth, & #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek...to name a few!

We all can play a part in spreading awareness, recognizing our own needs, supporting those around us, and honoring the efforts that have been made. We look forward to sharing more mental health, wellness, self-care, and resource information throughout October.

10/06/2021
Happy National Walk to School Day!! We're working with kids, parents and teachers to build safer, healthier communities ...
10/06/2021

Happy National Walk to School Day!! We're working with kids, parents and teachers to build safer, healthier communities one step at a time! #PedestrianSafety NHTSA VirginiaDMV

Happy National Walk to School Day!! We're working with kids, parents and teachers to build safer, healthier communities one step at a time! #PedestrianSafety NHTSA VirginiaDMV

10/05/2021

Take time to RETHINK your driving!
-Are you alert and focused?
-Are you looking out for people walking?
-Are you obeying all posted signs and speed limits?

#PedestrianSafety NHTSA VirginiaDMV

VCU is committed to supporting survivors & ending campus sexual assault. That’s why we’re hosting a @fear_2_freedom Hour...
10/05/2021

VCU is committed to supporting survivors & ending campus sexual assault. That’s why we’re hosting a @fear_2_freedom Hour 2 Empower to help our campus #BetheChange. Join us on 10/8 at 12pm. Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4531026263335725328

VCU is committed to supporting survivors & ending campus sexual assault. That’s why we’re hosting a @fear_2_freedom Hour 2 Empower to help our campus #BetheChange. Join us on 10/8 at 12pm. Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4531026263335725328

Be alert while driving, always! #PedestrianSafety
10/05/2021

Be alert while driving, always! #PedestrianSafety

Nice weather means more children playing outside. Drive extra cautiously in neighborhoods and around parks. #PedestrianSafety

People across the nation have taken to heading outdoors as an easy and healthy way to get out of the house, which means ...
10/04/2021

People across the nation have taken to heading outdoors as an easy and healthy way to get out of the house, which means there are more pedestrians out there. Whether it’s walking in a neighborhood or to a store, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian.

This October, NHTSA is launching the first National Pedestrian Safety Month with the goal of increasing awareness about pedestrian safety, and reminding drivers and walkers that staying safe is a shared responsibility.

Sadly, as the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches and the nights get longer, the risks for pedestrians increase. From September to February, over 30% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. Also, know that things like drugs and alcohol, and distraction not only affect someone’s ability to drive, but to walk safely. Here are some other tips for drivers and pedestrians:

NHTSA VirginiaDMV

People across the nation have taken to heading outdoors as an easy and healthy way to get out of the house, which means there are more pedestrians out there. Whether it’s walking in a neighborhood or to a store, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian.

This October, NHTSA is launching the first National Pedestrian Safety Month with the goal of increasing awareness about pedestrian safety, and reminding drivers and walkers that staying safe is a shared responsibility.

Sadly, as the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches and the nights get longer, the risks for pedestrians increase. From September to February, over 30% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. Also, know that things like drugs and alcohol, and distraction not only affect someone’s ability to drive, but to walk safely. Here are some other tips for drivers and pedestrians:

NHTSA VirginiaDMV

The CDC awarded a $6 million grant to researchers with VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Develop and the VCU H...
09/30/2021
CDC awards $6M grant to VCU to address youth violence in Richmond and beyond

The CDC awarded a $6 million grant to researchers with VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Develop and the VCU Health Injury and Violence Prevention Program for community-led strategies to promote healthy communities, positive youth development and to prevent and decrease youth violence in Richmond. VCU is one of only 5 awarded nationally and designates VCU as one of the CDC’s National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention.

https://news.vcu.edu/article/2021/09/cdc-awards-6m-grant-to-vcu-to-address-youth-violence-in-richmond-and-beyond?utm_source=VCUNewsNewsletter&%3Butm_medium=email&%3Butm_campaign=VCUNewsNewsletter&%3Butm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.vcu.edu%2Farticle%2F2021%2F09%2Fcdc-awards-6m-grant-to-vcu-to-address-youth-violence-in-richmond-and-beyond

The grant is one of only five awarded nationally and designates VCU as one of the CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention Centers.

09/30/2021
Buckle up, it can save your life!! VirginiaDMV
09/30/2021

Buckle up, it can save your life!!

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So far this year, 228 people who weren't wearing a seat belt have lost their lives in crashes on #Virginia roads, according to preliminary data.

Please, #BuckleUp every ride, every time.

#PhoneDown #HandsFreeVa VirginiaDMV NHTSA
09/28/2021

#PhoneDown #HandsFreeVa VirginiaDMV NHTSA

One of our new billboards in DC! A big shoutout to our partners also featured! 🤩🤍 NHTSA Ad Council

09/25/2021

It’s National Seat Check Saturday!!

Help Prevent Su***de
09/24/2021
Help Prevent Su***de

Help Prevent Su***de

Su***de can touch anyone, anywhere, and at any time. But it is not inevitable. There is hope.

09/24/2021

Plan before you leave. Always designate a sober driver! #planahead #designateadriver #neverdrinkanddrive #nomorevictims

Transitioning your child from a booster to a seat belt can be a tough decision, but luckily NHTSA has resources that can...
09/23/2021
Seat Belts | NHTSA

Transitioning your child from a booster to a seat belt can be a tough decision, but luckily NHTSA has resources that can help. This short video focuses on seat belt fit: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts#issue-tweens.

Did you know: Nearly half of all car seats are installed incorrectly. Find and schedule a car seat check (virtual or in-person depending on your location) now to make sure your child is in The Right Seat for their age and size. https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#installation-help-inspection

Seat belts save lives and one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up.

Fatalities of children under 13 involved in car crashes decreased from 2018 to 2019. Let’s keep those numbers declining ...
09/22/2021
Car Seats and Booster Seats | NHTSA

Fatalities of children under 13 involved in car crashes decreased from 2018 to 2019. Let’s keep those numbers declining by spreading the word: Make sure they are in The Right Seat for their age and size. Learn more at NHTSA.gov/carseat

No matter what seat they use, children under the age of 13 are safest in the back seat. #TheRightSeat

Equipment Topics Equipment Car Seats and Booster Seats Driver Assistance Technologies Takata Recall Spotlight Tires Odometer Fraud Air Bags Car Seats and Booster Seats Language: English Español Overview Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes a...

Two of our team members will be presenting at the HAVI Virtual Conference this year. Rachelle Hunley and  Carol Olson ar...
09/21/2021

Two of our team members will be presenting at the HAVI Virtual Conference this year. Rachelle Hunley and Carol Olson are excited to share our work in violence intervention and prevention through the Injury and Violence Prevention Program at VCU Health!

Two of our team members will be presenting at the HAVI Virtual Conference this year. Rachelle Hunley and Carol Olson are excited to share our work in violence intervention and prevention through the Injury and Violence Prevention Program at VCU Health!

Check out NHTSAs page to find the right car seat for your child!! NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat
09/21/2021

Check out NHTSAs page to find the right car seat for your child!! NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat

Our Car Seat Finder is an easy-to-use tool that lets you compare seats to find the right car seat for your child. Visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat and enter your child's age and size for recommendations on #TheRightSeat.

09/20/2021
It's Child Passenger Safety Week!

This week is Child Passenger Safety Week!! Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. On average, two children under 13 were killed and an estimated 374 were injured every day in 2019 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.

-608 child passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes in 2019.
-38% of children who died in 2019 while riding in passenger vehicles were unrestrained, compared to 33% in 2018.

NHTSA VirginiaDMV

September is Fall Prevention Month!
09/17/2021

September is Fall Prevention Month!

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Richmond, VA
23298-0454

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