Preventing Targeted Violence explores barriers to reporting
the signs of violence in rural areas and pilots a community-based approach to overcome these barriers.

Project Overview

Preventing Targeted Violence

Targeted violence is preventable. In many instances, concerning behaviors and potential warning signs are detected by friends, family, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, and professionals; but not reported. This website is a companion to grant-funded activities for a community approach to disrupting the pathway to violence in rural areas. The project explores the barriers to reporting these signs of violence in rural areas and pilots a community based, public health approach to overcome these barriers.  

This logic model was developed as part of a “countering violent extremism” (CVE) grant funded project.

A Brief Overview of the Project

Why Nebraska?

  • Communities in rural areas have residents with concerning behaviors, but fewer resources to help them.
  • Nebraska’s public health system is strongly connected to communities.
  • Nebraska can lead the way for other rural areas by testing affordable models that emphasize respect, trust and local control.

What were the project goals?

  • Identify local barriers to reporting concerns
  • Increase community trust in responses to concerns
  • Create a toolkit for other rural public health departments based on lessons learned

What were the potential community impacts?

  • Enhanced community awareness of concerning behaviors
  • Professionals better equipped to manage concerning behaviors
  • Safer, more connected communities

Who was implementing this project?

  • Two Rivers Public Health Department
  • University of Nebraska Public Policy Center
  • Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Funding for this project was through the Department of Homeland Security Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program, now known as the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3). Learn more about this effort through the official website of the Department of Homeland Security.

This project is funded by a grant to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency by the US Department of Homeland Security #EMW-2016-CA-00291

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