Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute

Community Violence Prevention

Understanding the relationship between community violence and mental health outcomes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased prevalence of violence among adolescents. There is a two-way relationship between violence and mental health, as poor emotional regulation leads to violence, and violence is often at the root of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. A combination of early identification, technology-based interventions, and community partnerships can interrupt this cycle and prevent the cascade of events that leads to widespread mental health problems in youth.

Together with youth and communities, the Institute will provide applications and text message-based tools for youth living in Rhode Island’s communities most affected by violence. The Institute also seeks to partner with social service agencies to help develop data assessment and analytic tools that can enhance their ability to provide timely and impactful care.