VIP Impact

The VIP is a highly effective service model. Its design addresses a myriad of psychosocial variables, the complexity of multisystem collaboration, and the challenging task of working with victims of violence who may also be perpetrators of violence as well. The model is outcome focused and formatted for ongoing research evaluation. It is also a blueprint of best practice standards for healthcare providers addressing violence as a matter of public health.

In 2000, Dr. Cooper and his colleagues conducted a three year study that randomly assigned victims of violent trauma to either receive the VIP services or not. Those patients who participated in the program were less likely to be re-hospitalized due to violent injury. The VIP is recognized in the professional literature as a service model that effectively reduces trauma recidivism (Journal of Trauma, Vol. 61, No. 3, Sept. 2006). This study also confirmed a correlation between violent injury and the criminal justice system:

VIP Participants repeat hospitalization rate due to violent injury 83 % decrease (36% savings as compared to those not getting the intervention )
VIP Participants violent crime 66.7 % decrease  
VIP Participants violent criminal activity 75 % reduction
VIP Participants employment at the time of follow-up 82 %  rate (as compared to 20 % not getting the intervention)