On Wednesday, Acting Governor Tahesha Way signed A-4978, codifying the Division of Violence Intervention and Victim Assistance (VIVA) within the Department of Law and Public Safety.
VIVA was a division created in 2022 by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to advance a unified strategy by bringing together victim-related and violence intervention and prevention services that were dispersed throughout the Department of Law and Public Safety.
VIVA is designed as an innovative public health approach to prevent and disrupt cycles of violence. With both hospital-based violence intervention programs and community-based violence intervention programs, VIVA funds local partners in the communities most impacted by gun violence, expanding the public-safety response beyond traditional law enforcement approaches.
Within its area of responsibility, VIVA is:
- Promoting a trauma-informed approach to victim assistance and violence intervention services.
- Expanding the scope of populations of crime victims and survivors served by the State.
- Developing an infrastructure for victim assistance and violence intervention and prevention services that is grounded in community.
- Serving as a resource center and hub of innovative policy, technical assistance, and training.
- Building partnerships among and supporting initiatives involving law enforcement entities and victim assistance and violence intervention and prevention service providers.
- Providing a structure and outlet for community stakeholders to provide meaningful input to inform and improve services.
- Supporting and recognizing the importance of culturally responsive policies and practices in the State’s victim assistance and violence intervention services.
We encourage you to share this information with your law enforcement and public health professionals.
Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x110.