Division of Violence Intervention and Victim Assistance (VIVA)


  • In early 2022, the Department launched its inaugural CBVI program, helping 24 grassroots providers statewide implement their innovative programs across some of the cities and regions most impacted by gun violence.
  • In October, with the support of Governor Murphy, Attorney General Platkin announced the continuation of both the Department’s HVIP and CBVI programs through the release of $10 million in grant opportunities in federal American Rescue Plan funds, and $10 million in state funds, respectively. Together, CBVI and HVIP organizations provide critical services to individuals who are deemed at risk of violence or revictimization. The dedicated staff of various community-based providers deliver services at hospital bedsides, on the streets, and in schools. CBVI and HVIP funds enable providers to offer crisis intervention, defuse dangerous situations through mediation, and determine what is needed to help individuals heal and find stability by connecting individuals to housing, mental health services, or needed financial support, among other resources.
  • In 2022 OVIP, in partnership with its CBVI Training and Technical Assistance provider, hosted its first statewide training for CBVI providers and expanded support for providers through network gatherings and one-on-one meetings that identify needs and build providers’ capacity to lead innovative programing


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