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The Southwest Riverside Chapter is a dedicated group of typical everyday citizens helping everyday citizens in traumatic crises. Our group of helpful, supportive volunteers is here to serve the needs of anyone when requested by any first responder, hospital personnel, paramedic, or coroner’s office to bring emotional first aid to survivors, friends, and family in crisis.

Our chapter currently serves 7 cities and the surrounding unincorporated areas, 5 law enforcement agencies, Murrieta Fire Department, Riverside County and Cal Fire Department, and 5 local hospitals. While the territory is vast, our group responds 24/7, 365 days per year with help, compassion, and professional training to bridge the emotional gap between the moments of a tragic event back to moments where a survivor can be more able to manage the needs of life in a post event existence. Whether for survivors of assault, robbery, rape burglary, fire, accident or loneliness; our chapter is here to help the distraught. 

​Trauma Intervention Programs of Southwest Riverside County, Inc. is a non profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

A major reason for the TIP Program is to prevent what mental health professionals call the “Second Injury.” The Second Injury is a victim’s perspective that the emergency system did not provide the support needed after a tragic event. Emergency personnel simply do not have the time to provide this support. In Southwest Riverside County, they call TIP Volunteers who can prevent a second injury. In parts of the county which do not have a TIP Program, second injuries reported by victims are common.

Three Examples of Second Injuries

These are just a sample of the terrible things that can happen to victims in the aftermath of a tragic event. One of TIP’s main goals is to help prevent these second injuries from happening. TIP volunteers are trained to step in to work with staff and responders. For example, victims are given information as to how to contact crime scene cleanup companies and other community services. TIP volunteers also help protect victims against well-meaning friends who mistakenly say the wrong things.