Hospitals Against Violence

Violence — in its many forms — is a major public health challenge. The AHA, along with its nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, are committed to addressing all forms of violence affecting our staff as well as the patients and communities we serve.

The Hospitals Against Violence Initiative (HAV) is sharing examples and best practices with the field, with a particular emphasis on youth violence prevention, workplace violence prevention and combatting human trafficking. Explore this page to learn more about effective prevention strategies and program development on national, state and local levels to help end violence in our communities and to help hospital employees cope with the impact of violence, whether at home, on the job or in their neighborhoods. We welcome your thoughts and initiatives; email us at hospitalsagainstviolence@aha.org.


Webinar August 20: The Health Professional’s Role in Identifying and Responding to Youth and Young Adults Who are Sex Trafficked


ICD-10 Human Trafficking Abuse Codes image

For the first time, 29 new ICD-10 codes are now available to allow providers to identify and assist victims of human trafficking and coding professionals to translate that information into data that will provide greater insights into the problem.

Combating Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, which involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act, is increasingly a risk affecting our communities. Every day hospitals and health systems see patients who are victims of human trafficking. For this reason, human...

Workforce and Workplace Violence

Hospitals and health systems are committed to continually making their communities and workplaces safer. Key to that is preventing violence within hospitals, ensuring the safety of staff and patients. Through the Hospitals Against Violence initiative, AHA is highlighting successful ...

Youth Violence Prevention

Youth violence is a significant public health problem that affects thousands of young people each day and in turn, their families, schools, and communities.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence can take different forms including fights, bullyin...

#HAVhope Friday: Day of Awareness

#HAVhope Friday: National Day of Awareness unites hospitals, health systems, nurses, doctors and other professionals from across the country, as well the local and national organizations they work with, to combat violence through the use of digital media. #HAVhope will provi...

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