Recent and compelling scientific evidence demonstrates strong associations between violence and abuse, long-term serious health consequences, and both direct and indirect costs. A strong voice from health care and related organizations is essential to help guide the nation’s health responses to violence and abuse.

The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA) is the successor to the AMA National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse, which provided key advice and expertise from 1992 – 2009. NHCVA is the only independent organization of medical societies and other health focused organizations dedicated to advancing the nation’s efforts to prevent and to address the health harms of violence and abuse.

The VISION of NCHVA is a healthier nation in which people live free from the pain and suffering of violence and abuse, and without fear of harm or retaliation.  A community without violence and abuse is the foundation of hope for a more peaceful world.  Children, adults and elders thrive best in respectful interpersonal relationships.

The MISSION of NCHVA is to bring health organizations together to work collaboratively to:

  • Advance health policy at the state and federal level.
  • Develop the capacity of health professionals and the infrastructure of health systems to prevent and address the harms of current or past exposure to violence and abuse.
  • Partner with communities, advocacy organizations and other groups to create societal and cultural change that reduces risks for violence and abuse.