The Texas After Violence Project is a restorative justice and multimedia documentary project focused on cultivating deeper understandings of the widespread impacts of interpersonal and state violence on individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is to conduct holistic research and build an archive of stories and other records that serve as resources for community dialogue and public policy to promote restorative, nonviolent ways to prevent and respond to violence.

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Featured Project

Life and Death in a Carceral State

TAVP is collaborating with the Texas Justice Initiative (TJI) on a project to document the stories and experiences of those that have been directly impacted by deaths in Texas’ criminal justice system, especially deaths in police, jail, and prison custody. Much like TAVP’s mission to better understand how the death penalty impacts individuals, families, and communities, […]

Featured Publication

“Connecting to the Ideologies That Surround Us”: Oral History Stewardship as an Entry Point to Critical Theory in the Undergraduate Classroom

By Charlotte Nunes

In the most recent issue of the Oral History Review, TAVP board member Charlotte Nunes writes about working with TAVP’s oral history collection in the classroom at Southwestern in 2015. Her experience demonstrates the value of providing students with the opportunity to work closely with archival materials and engage in their stewardship. She writes: “Digitally […]

Human Rights Documentation Initiative

The Texas After Violence Project has conducted over one hundred oral history interviews with persons directly affected by murder and the death penalty: surviving family and friends of murder victims, surviving family of executed persons, capital defense trial and habeas attorneys, prosecutors, judges, jurors, wardens, guards, journalists, witnesses to executions, activists, investigators, religious workers, and scholars. Through a partnership with the University of Texas Libraries, many of these audiovisual testimonies are publicly available through the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI), a digital archive that serves as the primary repository for our collection of oral histories and other materials. HRDI is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world.