Get Safe

Protocol Description

The purpose of the study is to learn about how the people and places that young people rely on for support may help protect them after witnessing or experiencing a violent event. We will ask you about your experiences with violence, your relationships with other people, and where you spend time. Participants will be asked to complete surveys and an interview and will receive a study phone which they can keep at the end of the study.

Eligibility Criteria

Black, African American, or Multiracial youth, ages 14-19, cared for at the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh or the Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health (CAYAH) following assault injury


Black, African American, or Multiracial youth who witnessed a violent event in the past three months across Allegheny county neighborhoods impacted by high levels of community violence.

Youth must speak English. Racial identity will be self-reported by participants and include youth who identify as Black, African American, or Multiracial (with Black/African American included in the youths' Multiracial self-defined identity).


Complete an initial survey, short surveys on a smart phone (which is yours to keep!) for 2 weeks in addition to a virtual-based exit interview; participation is voluntary and monetary compensation is provided.

Status: Open to Enrollment

Primary Investigator

Alison J. Culyba and Jaime C. Booth

Contact Information

Study coordinator, Alexander Riley, at or 412-559-1590.