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On July 7, 2016, a gunman opened fire on Dallas police officers while the officers were protecting citizens who were participating in a peaceful protest.   Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Sgt. Michael Smith, DART Officer Brent Thompson, and Officer Patrick Zamarripa were all killed that evening.  Nine other officers along with two civilians were also injured.  After witnessing the events of that evening and the five televised funerals that followed, then-TPHA President Dr. Melissa Oden felt compelled to address the issue of societal violence.  She called together an Ad Hoc Committee on Societal Violence to begin examining what TPHA could do to effect change in the area of violence in our communities.
Over the two years that followed, the Ad Hoc Committee developed a definition for Societal Violence that was adopted by the Governing Council:  “Societal violence is an inclusive consideration of the many manifestations of violence, to include culture and diversity perspectives, and their impact on public health.”  Additionally, the committee  researched possible ways that TPHA could provide support to public health practitioners across Texas address the issue of societal violence in their communities.  The committee is happy to announce that the two-year process has come to a close and has resulted in the final product, which can be found here.
A current comprehensive list of resources across the nation to address societal violence in your communities has been developed for your use.  You will find a wide variety of resources for all different sizes and types of communities.  The Ad Hoc Committee on Societal Violence hopes that you will find these resources helpful as you address the issues surrounding societal violence in your own communities.
Our very best,
The Ad Hoc Committee on Societal Violence
            Dr. Melissa Oden - Chair
            Dr. Witold Migala - TPHA President
            Dr. Alisa Rich
            Dr. Elizabeth Cuevas
            Dr. Maryam Tabrizi
            Bobby Schmidt, MEd
            Kwynn Gonzales-Pons, PhD candidate

Societal Violence Resources

American Institutes for Research

Changing Cultural and Societal Norms That Support Violence

Community Violence Resource Catalog

Cure Violence

Family and Societal Violence

Family Violence Prevention and Resource Centers

The History of Violence as a Public Health Issue

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Community Violence as a Population Health Issue   issue-proceedings-of-a

Public Policy Approaches to Violence Prevention

Preventing Violence

Rape Prevention and Education: Using the Best Available Evidence to Prevent

Report on Community-Based Violence Prevention Programs

School Violence: Prevention

Sexual Violence Prevention Fact Sheet

The Social-Ecological Model: A Framework For Violence Prevention

Social Programs That Work: Crime and Violence Prevention

Societal Causes of Violence Against Children

Stand Up To Violence

University of Illinois at Chicago

Understanding Community Violence

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Center for Violence Prevention

Center’s website:

Twitter: @UTMB_ViolPrev


Phone: 409.772.1062

Violence: A Community Health Approach

Violent Media and Real-World Behavior: Historical Data and Recent Trends

YOUTH-CAN Community Violence Training Materials/Toolkit





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