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. We hope these resources will help prevent future violence and promote restorative, nonviolent responses when violence occurs.

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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, TJI’s mission is to know more about who is dying in Texas’ jails and prisons, bring attention to the lives that have been lost, and provide a foundation for research toward solutions that will save lives.

[Photo of Angela Brown by Matthew Gossage]

Featured Publication

My Brother’s Keeper

In her cover article for Pacific Standard, My Brother’s Keeper, writer Sabine Heinlein delves into delves into the case of Jeff Wood and the advocacy of his sister, Terri Been. Although it is not a TAVP publication, the article includes quotes from TAVP founder, Walter Long; our newest board member Susannah Sheffer; and several of our narrators’ interviews.Heinlein takes a comprehensive look at the social and emotional effects of capital punishment, beginning with the experiences of one family member of a death-sentenced individual and moving outward to explore the broader societal impacts of the death penalty.

[Photo by Jerome Sessini]

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.