Episode 205 - Dr. Joseph Richardson and Dr. Christopher St. Vil: Who Shot Ya?: A Novel Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program

Monday, December 05, 2016, 8:13:44 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Joseph Richardson and Dr. Christopher St. Vil discuss their use of a longitudinal, ethnographic study of young Black men admitted to the hospital for treatment of violent injury to inform development of a hospital-based violence intervention program. They also report on research that they have conducted to better understand nonfatal use of force by police. From the findings of these two studies, they offer specific recommendations that have implications for programs as well as policy.

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Average Rating: 5stars  positive steps towards positive change, Thursday, January 30, 2020

By Lauren Siminski :

I truly appreciate Dr. St Vil and Dr. Richardson taking the time to speak on this podcast about their work with young black males who have been subjected to violence by law enforcement. As an MSW student who is interesting in working with this population, this episode opened my eyes to the need for hospital-based intervention programs to help reduce recidivism. It was not surprising to me that minority groups, specifically Hispanic and Black men are subjected to higher rates of police brutality, but I was surprised by the lack of regulations for law enforcement and hospital staff in recording these incidents. I commend Dr. St Vil and Dr. Richardson for using a trauma-informed perspective in their study and research. As an MSW student, we learn the importance of being trauma-informed in order to prevent re-traumatization. I appreciated the discussion around how hospital-based intervention programs can create progress in other areas as well. Not only will these programs provide services to those involved in police shootings, it will allow for data comparison between hospitals and law enforcement, improve law enforcement training programs and show advocacy to the community. All of these steps are positive change in the right direction towards social justice for young black males in urban areas, and I it will help communities as a whole. I wish this episode would have been longer and touched more on which types of psychosocial services will be provided to those affected by non-fatal shootings. I enjoyed hearing both professional’s knowledge in this area and was left wanting to hear more. I now am pursuing my own research on the progress that has been made since this episode was recorded. The closing quote of the episode encapsulates the need for this type of research, and I am eager to see the future work of Dr. St Vil and Dr. Richardson in serving urban communities and young black males affected by police violence.

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Average Rating: 5stars  novak- review, Sunday, February 12, 2017

By Brittany Novak :

Being driven to advocate for change and improvement within programs and policies related to these communities is something to be applauded for. What I especially loved about this podcast with Dr. St. Vil and Dr. Joseph Richardson is the way that they tied in hospital reporting of non-fatal acts of police force with actual law enforcement reporting. It was not until the end of the podcast that Dr. Richardson made mention of the fact that hospitals documented 25-50% more law enforcement related injury, than do actual law enforcement agencies themselves. This alternate form of data collection presents a gap that needs to be explored and explained. There is clear evidence that law enforcement agencies are withholding information when it comes to reporting non-fatal acts of violence. The part that concerns me about this is the fact that mandatory acts have been made requiring law enforcement agencies to report, yet there has been no actual follow through. I like the idea that was mentioned about withholding federal funding if these agencies continue to choose not to report, but it also makes me nervous that this will cause some sort of negative reciprocation. I guess it is just unfortunate that it would take some sort of negative or positive incentive to instigate that needed change. It is worrisome how in-transparent these agencies are. Having advocates like Dr. Richardson and Dr. St. Vil is of course a huge step in creating change within reporting, but there needs to be advocates within law enforcement willing to follow through and actually initiate this change. We can advocate all we want, we can bring to light the problems that clearly exist, but the biggest step and the step that will actually create that change, is the act itself. We NEED mandated, standardized laws to be put into place that actually yield some sort of punishment for false reporting. Once that becomes a standard that actually yields success, then further steps can be taken.

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Average Rating: 5stars  sw 521 review, Monday, February 06, 2017

By Abigail :

I found this podcast not only incredibly informative but also incredibly relevant, given the recent uproar over police shootings of people of color, especially young black men. While we usually only hear of fatal police-involved violence, this research concentrates on non-fatal incidents, which, while they often elicit less news coverage, are a prime area for research and intervention. I am impressed by the ambitious ideas and plans presented by the researchers: not only research, but also finding ways to encourage hospitals and law enforcement to collect the necessary data, and actually intervening with those individuals involved in non-fatal police-involved violence. Additionally, the researchers’ emphasis of the goal to decrease both trauma and criminal recidivism really resonated with me, because each affects the other greatly and may not be effectively addressed separately by social workers. Finally, the researchers ended the podcast on a hopeful note, describing the governmental orders to enforce collection of data; however, I wonder how these orders will be affected by the new presidential administration. This is certainly critically needed research and practice, and I look forward to seeing it develop.

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Average Rating: 5stars  sw 521 review: who shot ya?, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

By Hannah :

I found Dr. Richardson's and Dr. St. Vil's discussion on their study on nonfatal use of force and the hospital based intervention program to be very interesting and informative. Police brutality and violence against black men has become a huge issue in recent years and still continues to be an issue today. I was not surprised at how little data is recorded by law enforcement but I was surprised at how little data was recorded in hospitals simply because staff was too nervous to ask how the patient received the injury. I liked the fact that their program focused on not re-traumatizing patients in order to reduce both criminal activity and returns to the hospital with more injuries. As a social work student I know how important it is to have a trauma informed perspective and I like that they are taking the initiative to implement that into the program. I also agreed with Dr. St. Vil's point of giving law enforcement additional funding as an incentive to record this kind of data and penalizing them if it is not recorded. Law enforcement should be recording this data and most of the time they are too lazy or only put in what they want to put in, I think the incentive and possible punishment could result in more accurate data being recorded.

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