Let’s work to curb violence in Pierce County | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

22 percent of all Tacoma police calls involved some sort of domestic violence.

  • Monday, December 23, 2019 11:26am
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The purple ribbon is often used to raise awareness of domestic violence. Image courtesy Messer Woland

The purple ribbon is often used to raise awareness of domestic violence. Image courtesy Messer Woland

The following was written by Johnna White, a health promotion coordinator, for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department blog:

Uncontrolled and rising anger is scary and can hurt people—and places. Left unchecked, it can lead to painful outcomes like violence at home and gang violence in your neighborhood.

Sadly, violence is a common problem where we live. From 2015-2018, the Tacoma Police Department reported about 22% of calls involved domestic violence. And not everyone reports these events to the police.

This does not have to be our reality.


We can find a path toward a more peaceful community. To help you and your neighbors understand and address violence, we gathered data and outlined five approaches. The Violence Prevention Data Report looks at violence between people in Tacoma and Pierce County. Violence Prevention: A brief assessment of approaches outlines five models to address it:

  • Cardiff Model.
  • Injury Prevention Model (Haddon Matrix).
  • Cure Violence Model.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model.
  • Restorative Justice Model.

We encourage you to check out these resources. We hope these resources will give community members helpful pathways to bring people together to solve problems—peacefully.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Fredrickson.


If there is an emergency, please call 911.


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