the cycle of violence
Monterey County has the highest rates of youth homicide in the state. Our doctors and donors see a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interrupt this cycle with the CHOICE program when victims receive treatment at the Natividad Trauma Center. CHOICE empowers a specialized team to provide emotional care to victims of gunshot wounds, stabbings and assaults. In a bedside healing program, CHOICE intervention specialists educate and connect patients and their families to safety, mental health, education, employment and faith-based resources in their communities. The CHOICE team mentors the individuals toward more positive life influences and provides peer-based case management up to a year after their injuries.
It’s critical to break the cycle of violence with programs like CHOICE. A patient will return to the same violent environment where their injury occurred. 55% of victims will receive another violent injury within five years. 20% will die as a result of their injury. The CHOICE program reaches out when the patient is in a calm, nurturing environment, educating on how to avoid returning to violent circumstances, preventing violent retaliation and reducing the likelihood of further injuries.