Welcome to the
Harrell Center

Harrell Center

Violence hurts our families, our lives, our world.

The Harrell Center exists because family violence impacts all of us. We cannot solve this problem unless we understand the nature of it.

The Harrell Center seeks to end family violence by understanding it.

Working together to end Family Violence

Our Mission

To develop and integrate knowledge with best practices in order to strengthen community responses to family violence. The Harrell Center serves as an intermediary between research and practice.

The Harrell Center was created through a private endowment by The Harrell Family. Located at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, the Center is designed to conduct and translate research into usable information for practitioners, to provide education and training, and to serve as a resource and advocacy center for the public and professionals.

The Center provides an education site for students and involves an interdisciplinary faculty from public health, social work, mental health, aging, and other fields.


Our community mourns the loss of Linda Osmundson, a domestic violence survivor and advocate and CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) leader who passed Monday, January 4, 2016.

"To many in Tampa Bay, Mrs. Osmundson was a role model, an advocate, a rebel who shook up the status quo. Mrs. Osmundson left behind an organization that flourished during her 26 years as executive director. Under her leadership, the organization established counseling services, day care and housing for domestic violence victims and raised millions of dollars in grants and donations. She established the Peacemakers Program to teach violence prevention to children and teenagers and co-founded a program that sought pardons for women serving prison time for defending themselves." 

Data: 10,900 Sexual Assault Kits Untested In FL

"Nearly 11,000 rape kits have not been tested in Florida, according to statistics released by the state Tuesday, mirroring backlogs at law enforcement agencies nationwide because of a lack of funding." To read the rest of the article, go to Health News Florida:

Florida Matters: DCF Secretary Says Child Fatalities Are Public Health Issue

"Florida is on pace to have nearly as many child deaths this year as it did before the overhaul of its child welfare system last year. In about a quarter of those deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families had prior contact with the family." To read the rest of the article, go to Health News Florida: 

USF College of Public Health is the parent organization for the Harrell Center. The department home for the Harrell Center is Community and Family Health.

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