Life Outside of Violence (LOV) 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. 

LOV’s mission is to decrease incidences of retaliation, criminal involvement, re-injury and death.

What is the Life Outside of Violence program?

The Institute for Public Health launched the Life Outside of Violence program in early 2018. LOV is the first hospital-based intervention program 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.)




Who is eligible?

Those who meet the following requirements are eligible to enroll in the LOV program.

  • St. Louis City and County residents as well as Illinois residents within a certain radius
  • Ages 8 to 30
  • Injured by gunshot, stabbing or blunt trauma (e.g. assault, fight)
  • Seen at a participating hospital (Barnes-Jewish Hospital, SSM St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital)

How does the program work?

Following treatment by a physician at a participating hospital, a trained case manager works with each participant and his/her/their family for six months up to one year to develop and maintain a plan to stay safe, connect to community resources, and receive treatment, support and guidance.

Life Outside of Violence is made possible by the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, the Office of Victim Crime, and these participating hospitals:


To make a donation that will help fund the Life Outside of Violence program, please type in the program name in the designation box on our online form.