Violence Intervention Program
1721 Griffin Avenue
Los Angles, CA 90031
The mission of the Violence Intervention Program is to protect and treat all victims of family violence and sexual assault.
VIP envisions a community where no child, woman, or elder is hurt by someone they should have been able to trust. We seek to significantly better the lives of those who have been abused and assaulted by providing comprehensive forensic, medical and mental health services that promote not only healing but also personal growth and success. VIP works to increase services for those without financial resources or health coverage especially those under the care of the state, and establish community based advocacy and prevention programs for the early identification of abuse. We continually strive to answer the needs and advance the welfare of children and families to end the cycle of violence.
To do this VIP has created a unique multi-disciplinary, public-private partnership between the publicly funded VIP clinics for child abuse and elder abuse at the LAC+USC Medical Center and the private, nonprofit VIP Community Mental Health Center. The goal is to work together to provide a complete continuum of services for extremely vulnerable individuals who lack other resources.
VIP offers around-the-clock medical, forensic, mental health, support and advocacy services to children in foster care and other victims of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and dependent adult abuse. VIP is a groundbreaking Family Advocacy Center that works with families, schools, and other community organizations in East Los Angeles on public health, community outreach and education programs to break the cycle of violence.
The History of VIP
In 1984, Dr. Astrid Heppenstall Heger, a pediatrician and young mother was so moved by the child victims of horrific violence she saw come into the emergency rooms at LAC+USC Medical Center, that she formed a clinic in just one small room dedicated to treating child abuse and neglect.
Today, the Violence Intervention Program impacts approximately 20,000 individuals each year touched by violence. VIP has three locations managing a number of clinics and programs. The goal is to work together with passion and focus to provide a complete continuum of supportive services for extremely vulnerable individuals who lack other resources. Our combined medical and mental health programs are giving real solutions to individuals that may have no other hope.
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