Mervin Moore is not a doctor. But he sees every shooting, stabbing and assault victim who comes through Jacobi Medical Center’s trauma ward in the Bronx.
“We deal with street violence,” Moore said. “It is a disease. And we are the cure.”
Moore works for Stand Up to Violence, an anti-violence program operated by Jacobi Medical Center. Launched in August, the program’s staff mentors victims of violence in Jacobi’s trauma ward. The goal is to prevent retaliation attacks by treating violence like a disease that spreads from perpetrator to victim.