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Violence Prevention Starts In The Shock Trauma

A shock trauma staff member runs down a hallway.
Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
Each year, the Violence Intervention Program at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland hospital works with several hundred people, and less than 1 percent of them end up back in Shock Trauma with violent injuries.

The tide of gunshot, knife, and assault victims to University of Maryland Shock Trauma barely ebbs, not even during the pandemic. More than a third opt for the Violence Intervention Program. Social worker David Ross meets them at bedside and offers support, and program manager Erin Walton tells why patients may see a magic moment to find a new path. Then we speak with DeCarlo Cornish, who survived two shootings. He shares his thoughts for those still in the street life. Original air date: April 1, 2021.

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