Sinai Hospital-based Violence Response Team

The Violence Response Team (VRT) of Sinai Hospital is comprised of specially trained individuals who assist patients experiencing trauma and/or injury as a result of an act of violence with resources to improve their health and well-being, lessen the impact of trauma, and decrease the likelihood of the reoccurrence of violence. VRT is a 24/7 crisis response program designed to assist those who are victims of domestic violence also known as intimate partner violence, community violence, and elder abuse. Our goal is to ensure safety, offer emotional support, and connect patients to comprehensive community-based services and resources.

Definitions:

Community Violence (CV) is exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence perpetrated by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim.

Elder Abuse (EA)
is physical, emotional, or sexual harm inflicted upon an older adult. It also includes financial exploitation or neglect of an older adult’s welfare by people who are directly responsible for their care.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual acts that are purposely committed by an intimate partner to hurt or injure the other partner as a means of gaining power and control over that partner. Intimate partner abuse occurs in all races, socio-economic levels, and religious communities as well as same-sex relationships.

Thanks to federal, city, and private funding, the Violence Response Team (VRT) is able to offer services free of charge to anyone in need of support. VRT offers the following services:

  • In-hospital crisis intervention for those experiencing intimate partner violence, community violence and elder abuse
  • Safety planning
  • Medical advocacy for those treated at Sinai Hospital
  • Court accompaniment and advocacy (emotional support during legal proceedings)
  • Case management (in-person and telehealth) which consists of safety planning, goal setting, education and resource connection
  • Individual counseling (in-person and telehealth)
  • Support group for those experiencing intimate partner violence
  • Transportation to and from medical and court appointments
  • Staff education and training on domestic violence, community violence, and elder abuse
  • Resource connection

VRT’s goal is to eliminate patient re-injury, and subsequent hospital readmission due to intimate partner violence, community violence and elder abuse.