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ACS-Supported End the Cycle of Violence Act Introduced

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) held a press event May 6 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to announce the introduction of American College of Surgeons (ACS)-supported End the Cycle of Violence Act, H.R. 2464. This legislation would provide grant funding to hospital-based violence prevention programs (HVIPs) to conduct research on best practices. This research is critical in documenting the success of HVIPs and would create a road map for new programs to follow.

“Trauma surgeons are frequently the ones treating patients injured due to cyclical violence. We see firsthand the need for better research into effective methods of breaking this cycle,” said Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Committee on Trauma. “The research that will be supported by this legislation and the best practices and lessons learned that will be disseminated will save lives. The American College of Surgeons thanks Congressman Ruppersberger for his efforts to address this problem.”

For more information, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at