The Institute for Public Health at Washington University launched the program in early 2018 and is the first in the nation to incorporate three research universities (Washington University, Saint Louis University and University of Missouri-St. Louis) and four hospitals (Barnes-Jewish Hospital, SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.)
Life Outside of Violence (LOV), is the short name for the St. Louis Area Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program. The program helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.
The idea behind LOV is to help decrease incidences of retaliation, criminal involvement, re-injury, and death.
The free program is provided to the Institute for Public Health at Washington University through a three-year, $1.6 million dollar grant from Missouri Foundation for Health and additional funding from anonymous donors.
Who is eligible?
St. Louis City and County residents, ages 8 to 24, who are injured by gunshot, stabbing or blunt trauma (e.g. assault, fight) and who have been seen at a participating hospital are eligible to enroll in the LOV program.
How does the program work?
Participants are seen by a physician at a participating hospital (Barnes-Jewish Hospital, SSM St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.)
Following treatment, a trained case manager works with each participant and his/her family for six months up to one year. (Six months is optimal.)
For up to one year, participants work with their case manager to develop and maintain a plan to stay safe, connect to community resources, and to receive treatment, support and guidance.
How many participants are involved in the LOV program?
The LOV program has a goal of 200 participants per year.
How can I find out more about the LOV program?
Contact Washington University Institute for Public Health: 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu