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Lexington | Disrupting the Pathway to Violence

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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. 


Please take our survey on barriers to reporting violence. The questions are about the barriers to reporting potential signs of violent behavior in your community. The results of the survey will be used to create a toolkit for rural public health departments to use in violence prevention efforts.

Barriers to Reporting Violence Survey 

En Unfoque Comunitario Para Interrumpir El Camino A La Violencia

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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.

Why Lexington?

  • Lexington is one of the larger population centers in the Two Rivers Public Health district
  • Lexington has a unique community bond that enables the residents to work closely together
  • The diversity of the population of Lexington will help bring new perspectives to this program

What are the project goals?

  • Create a partnership, coalition, program, or information sharing network based on the feedback received from those in the community
  • 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 the 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.

  • Two Rivers Public Health Department and the UNL Public Policy Center introduced the Disrupting the Pathway to Violence program to Lexington stakeholders on March 28, 2018. The meeting included an introduction of the project, project goals, and identifying the local resources and landscape for preventing violence. In addition, baseline data was presented on barriers to reporting violence in Lexington

  • Two Rivers Public Health Department and the UNL Public Policy Center continued the discussion for the Disrupting the Pathway to Violence program to Lexington Stakeholders on July 9, 2018. . The meeting included an introduction of the project, project goals, and identifying the local resources and landscape for preventing violence. The discussion was community lead and identified the need for a safe space in the community.