The Metro Health Violence Prevention section is one of the newest programs responsible for implementing a public health approach to violence prevention.
Our vision is to stop violence from happening before it starts by building equitable, empowered communities who can heal past harms and grow safe futures
The Violence Prevention section has three guiding principles. The work of the section must be fair, focused, and balanced.
- Real safety requires justice and fairness.
- Trust needs authentic relationships and transparency to grow
- Immediate needs will always compete with long-term solutions
- Programs and practices must build long term sticky solutions, not easy short-term wins that don't last
- Prevention AND Intervention, Policy, AND Programming.
- Protect Children and Heal Adults.
- Accountability and Restoration
The Violence Prevention Section implements programs under four main pillars:
- Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma-Informed Care to support trauma-informed response and the prevention of trauma in our community through the South Texas Trauma-Informed Care Consortium
- Child and Youth Violence Prevention, supporting healthy families and youth through implementing the Triple P Parenting Program, and community partners to implement Too Good for Violence and therapy for students experiencing violence.
- Domestic Violence Prevention provides direct assistance to people experiencing domestic violence and supports policy change through the coordinated approach of the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence (CCDV)
- Gun Violence Prevention through Stand UP SA, a Cure Violence program, is serving the East and Westside. The Stand-Up program also includes a Hospital-Based responders program through a partnership with Brook Army Medical Center and University Health System.
Health is not one action or influence, one policy or program, but the cumulative effect of all our lived experiences throughout a lifetime. Nor is health the property of the individual, but the product of the community's collective choices. A life-course perspective recognizes that the roots of experiencing violence start early in life, are beyond the individual family, and impact the lifespan. Survivors of one form of violence are at risk of experiencing other forms of violence. Additionally, family systems theory helps us understand how violence passes through families through shared parenting practices and stresses. Stopping violence before it starts means ensuring that families have what they need to be healthy from the start, including safe and affordable housing, fair wages, and equal access to educational opportunities.
Most interventions that address violence wait until the violence has been committed and harm has already occurred to respond. A life-course perspective focuses on resources and programming before the violence begins to change children and families' future. Early interventions in childhood reduce the risk of future harm and improve outcomes for the community as a whole.
Jenny Hixon, Public Health Administrator Violence Prevention
Brea Moore, Triple P Parenting Program
Christine Soria, Domestic Violence
Carol Schliesinger, Media and Communications
Connie Soria, ACES and Trauma-Informed Care
Derek Taylor, Stand Up SA
Violence Prevention Overview