In 2004, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office launched Understanding Violence, a reality-based curriculum teaching the importance of education and direction in keeping teens and young adults away from gangs and violence. Ten years later, in partnership with UMass Boston, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Boston, we’ve updated and modernized the program with a new name and a new goal: Overcoming Violence.

Overcoming Violence includes video interviews with criminal justice professionals, survivors of violent crime, incarcerated offenders, and others to show the long-term consequences of positive and negative choices, and an educational component facilitates discussion on strategies for success aimed directly at today’s youth. To learn more about Overcoming Violence, please fill out the form below or contact Director of Community Relations Tanya Brussa-Pagan at [email protected].

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DA Conley Talks to Students

DA Conley addresses students at the John Marshall Elementary School.

District Attorney Conley’s Community Relations Unit provides the link between the district attorney’s office and the neighborhoods it serves in Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.

The Community Relations Unit works closely with the district attorney in his efforts to outreach and communicate with the various communities in Suffolk County and is responsible for promoting several key functions of the district attorney’s office beyond criminal prosecutions, including intervention, crime prevention, and educational programs. Staff members who work for the Community Relations Unit coordinate a wide range of community-based events, neighborhood and civic organization meetings, and safety seminars for residents and students.

Educational Sessions and Workshops

Please contact Community Relations if you are interested in scheduling educational sessions and workshops for children or adults. Topics include: Personal safety, how to safely navigate the Internet, and how to establish a neighborhood crime watch group, in addition to a number of other topics. These educational sessions have been implemented and endorsed by DA Conley in the spirit of promoting public safety through the formation of partnerships between residents and law enforcement.

Community Relations Presentations

Schedule a Speaker

If you would like to invite a representative of the district attorney’s office to address your organization, please click here to fill out and submit a request form. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the kinds of speaking programs that the DA’s office offers, please contact our Community Relations department at [email protected].

Ten years after launching the revolutionary Understanding Violence curriculum, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley introduced Overcoming Violence — an accessible, engaging, and yet compelling teaching tool that provides early prevention through education. It features first-hand testimonial from individuals who were actively engaged in, or became victims of, gun and gang related violence. The video is presented as part of a discussion series led by prosecutors, victim witness advocates, and others. To bring Overcoming Violence to your school or youth group, visit