A local legislator has introduced a bill to provide more resources to victims recovering from a violent attack.
This week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger and California Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger introduced bi-partisan legislation to expand hospital-based violence intervention programs around the country.
House Resolution 5855 the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act would provide $10 million in federal grants to hospitals that offer services to victims of violent crime while they are recovering from their injuries.
In a statement, Kinzinger said trauma centers often see ‘repeat customers’ caught in a revolving door of violent re-injury and readmission to the hospital and that one of the leading risk factors for violence injury is a prior violent injury.
If passed, the legislation would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to select existing and aspiring violence prevention programs to receive federal grants for expanding these services or studying their effectiveness.
Awards would range from $250,000 to $500,000, with each recipient required to report its findings back to the federal government in three years.