Healthy Communities

Violence Prevention

Violence is an important issue to public health, due to its huge impact on the health and well-being of Arkansans. According to Arkansas Vital Statistics, 486 assaults resulted in hospitalizations in 2014; making assaults the fifth leading cause of injury hospitalization in Arkansas. It was noted that the total deaths from some type of assault was 206 in 2014.

In addition, violence disproportionately affects youth. Child maltreatment, sexual violence, youth violence, and other violent behaviors are preventable, and many violent behaviors begin in youth. Some individual risk factors for youth include a history of violent victimization, a history of aggressive behavior, involvement with drugs and alcohol, antisocial beliefs, and exposure to violence and conflict in the family.

The purpose of this program is to reduce or eliminate sexual assault, domestic violence, bullying, and dating violence in the state of Arkansas. This is being done by increasing utilization of evidence-based and/or best practice programs and interventions, implementing programs to address bullying, dating violence, and sexual violence among youth, adults, and integrating prevention efforts across service sectors.


Office Address Phone Fax
Injury and Violence Prevention 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 10
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-683-0707 501-682-0427

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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4815 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867