Disrupting the Pathway to Violence

Targeted violence is preventable. Disrupting the Pathway to Violence is a pilot program addressing barriers to reporting signs of violence using a community based, public health approach.

Targeted violence is preventable. Concerning behaviors and potential warning signs in many instances are detected by friends, family, neighbors, teachers, co-workers and professionals; but not reported. This project will explore the barriers to reporting these signs in rural areas and pilot a community based, public health approach to overcome these barriers.

If you live in the Kearney or Lexington area, please take our survey on barriers to reporting potential violence. We would appreciate your input, as this will highlight priority areas for the program to focus on.

The survey can be found here:

Why Nebraska?

  • Communities in rural areas have residents with concerning behaviors, but fewer resources to help them.
  • Nebraska‚Äôs 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 are 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 are the potential community impacts?

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

Who is implementing this project?

  • Two Rivers Public Health Department
  • University of Nebraska Public Policy Center
  • Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

For more information, the program has a website through the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center: