What We Do

When a violent crime like a shooting or blunt force trauma occurs, our team reaches out immediately connecting victims and their families with resources to encourage healing, including trauma-informed health services and other family-oriented support.

In 2004, HCTC partnered with Saint Francis Hospital to form what is now the Hartford Care Response Team (HCRT), a hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP). It has since intervened and provided care to more than 1,200 victims of violence and their families and loved ones.

With research showing victims affected by violence are at higher risk to re-experience violence or be re-injured, the HCRT engages with victims as soon as allowed — often at bedside right after an injury, when trauma-informed support can be a powerful force in creating positive future outcomes. From this critical “golden moment” on, the response team builds a relationship with the victim and family, following best practices. Under a 2019 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant, the HCRT has been able to further expand offerings, connecting families to physical health, mental health, and wraparound social services that help prevent and reduce crime in our community.

We Provide Victims and Their Families with:

  • Emotional, psychological, and physical needs; helping survivors stabilize their lives and navigate the criminal justice system, and helping restore survivors’ home safety and security.
  • Support services ranging from personal advocacy, filing compensation claims, and follow-up contacts and referrals to crisis counseling (beginning at the crime scene or in the emergency room and continuing through future safety planning).

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Assistance with VOCA applications

Personal advocacy & accompaniment

Emotional support

  • Personal support with a specially trained staff in a way that works for the victim
  • Putting victims in touch with specialist services, help or support
  • Advice and support in connecting with services
  • Provide practical information and help to make victims feel safe and be safe
  • Crime affects the whole family and community. We offer support to everyone directly affected to help them cope with the impact of violence

Trauma management

Information & referrals

Criminal/civil justice assistance

Shelter/housing services



This project is supported with monies awarded by the Connecticut Judicial Branch and funds under Grant Award No. 02-1904 awarded to the Judicial Branch and funds under Grant Award No. 02-1904 awarded to the Judicial Branch by the U.S.Department of Justice Program Office. Points of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Connecticut Judicial Branch or the U. S. Dept. of Justice.