Here is a brief history of our coalition since 1999
1996-2001 Team members from Boston College School of Nursing, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the University of Massachusetts Boston conducted a study of abuse during pregnancy under funding from the National Institute of Nursing, National Institute of Health. The study obejectives were to discover the incidence of abuse, the self-care taking by pregnant women, and pregnancy outcomes, comparing women screening positive for abuse and those denying abuse.
From that project emerged the need for a community approach to address violence and, in particular, programming for children and teens exposed to violence.
1999 Community members began meeting with the objective to form a community wide coalition to address violence. The first meeting was held November 12, 1999 at Hale Hospital.
2001 On June 20, 2001, more than 50 persons representing two dozen agencies met at the Haverhill Police Department headquarters and enthusiastically decided to move ahead with creating a city-wide coalition to address all forms of violence in the community and coordinate services for those persons experiencing and/or witnessing violence.
2005 The Haverhill High School Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP Team) was founded by teens in 2005 with strong peer leadership and activities focused on mentoring younger kids and providing peer education focused on violence prevention.