Press Room

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) Communications Department strives to strengthen national and statewide communications efforts, focuses on public education and awareness of domestic violence issues and has general overall responsibility for the public relations endeavors for TCFV. The TCFV Communications Department works collaboratively with a variety of media outlets in the development and distribution of important news releases, feature stories, story ideas and opinion/editorial (op/ed) pieces on domestic violence issues which are appropriate to statewide/national audiences.

TCFV Media Contact

Angela Hale
angela@redmediagroup.com
(512) 289-2995

Austin Police Chief Remembers SXSW Crash Victims & APD Counselors During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

A Round Rock Mother Remembers her Daughter who was Brutally Murdered by a 12-Year-old Neighbor as Victims of Crime Bring Attention to the Importance of Crime Victims’ Rights Week on This 30th Anniversary Austin, Texas- Thursday April 10, 2014- Austin will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Right Week by remembering all the South By Southwest Victims who were killed or injured in the recent tragedy and remembering the tragic murder of a 13-year old Round Rock girl who was brutally murdered by her 12-year old neighbor.     “Our hearts and prayers go out all victims of crime; the little girl whose life was ... Read More »

TCFV Welcomes the Director of Corporate Communications for Mary Kay, Crayton Webb to the Board of Directors

Austin, Texas – March 24, 2014 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is pleased to welcome Crayton Webb to the Board of Directors for TCFV. Webb is Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas. He leads the company’s global media and public relations team and is also responsible for Mary Kay’s global CSR and philanthropic efforts. Crayton and his team provide support and guidance to Mary Kay's 35+ international markets and the U.S.
“The Texas Council on Family Violence takes great care and diligence in identifying key leaders in Texas to ... Read More »

New Domestic Violence Survey Shows Critical Shortage in Funding for Domestic Violence Victims in Texas and the U.S.

Nearly 6,000 Victims Served in One Day - Hundreds of Victims Needs Unmet  Austin, Texas – March 6, 2014 – A snapshot of the “Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services in Texas,” captured in a new survey released today by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) shows many domestic violence programs across Texas and across the nation have a critical shortage of funds and staff to assist victims in need of services.  The 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services shows that nearly 100 programs across the state are serving thousands of ... Read More »

Executive Directors from Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Programs from Around the State Gather in Austin for Joint Conference

Austin, Texas – The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) Executive Directors from domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in Texas gather to discuss emerging issues in serving survivors and challenging societal misconceptions about both topics.    Sexual assault and domestic violence issues received welcomed attention recently with the City of Dallas’ Mayor Mike Rawlings hosting of “A Rally against Domestic Violence” and President Obama’s announcement of the “White House task force to protect students from sexual assault.”  Executive Directors are unique in their responsibility to effectively serve victims while working to ... Read More »

TCFV Kicks Off New Campaign Called “Young Hearts Matter” to Raise Awareness During Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month in February

Teens Spread the Word Across Schools in Texas During National Dating Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month Austin, TX (February 1, 2014) – Today Young Hearts Matter, a new campaign to bring awareness to teen dating abuse, launched in Texas to raise awareness during Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.  Teen dating abuse happens in every school across Texas and the United States.  Dating abuse takes place when a person physically, sexually, verbally or emotionally abuses another person in the context of a dating or romantic relationship and when one or both of them is a minor. This month, students in schools ... Read More »

TCFV Kicks Off Campaign Called “Young Hearts Matter”

TCFV recognizes The Corpus Christi School District & the Prevention & Education Program of Women’s Shelter of South Texas  Corpus Christi, TX (February 13, 2014) – Today, a day before Valentine’s Day, the Texas Council on Family Violence is launching Young Hearts Matter, a campaign to bring awareness to teen dating abuse. February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.  Teen dating abuse happens in every school across Texas and the United States. Events and programs to raise awareness allow students to come forward and get advice and help before a situation escalates to violent behavior.   In today’s environment, technology ... Read More »

New Report Shows an Increase in the Number of Women Killed in Texas

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) released a new report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. The report reveals 114 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011. The annual report titled:  Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities provides our state’s only comprehensive analysis of women killed in Texas by their male intimate partner.   The report tracks and discusses detailed information about each murder, offers the respectfully summarized stories of the women killed and ... Read More »

Honoring Texas Victims: 114 Women Killed in Texas with Harris County having Highest Number of Domestic Violence Murders in the State

Houston, Texas – October 14, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  114 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  30 women were killed in Harris County, the highest numbers of domestic violence murders of any county in Texas.  There were 38,490 incidents of domestic violence reported in Harris County and an estimated 65,433 incidents went unreported. Laura White, a domestic ... Read More »

Honoring Texas Victims: 114 Women Killed in Texas

El Paso, Texas – October 11, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  114 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  Four women were killed in El Paso County. El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza and Stephanie Karr, Executive Director at the Center Against Family Violence, joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry at a news conference in El ... Read More »

NNEDV Names TCFV Gloria Terry, CEO to National Board

Austin, Texas - October 8, 2013 – The Texas Council on Family Violence is pleased to announce Gloria Terry, CEO of (TCFV), has been named to the prestigious national board, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates. The National Network to End Domestic Violence is a membership and advocacy organization of state domestic violence coalitions, allied organizations and supportive individuals.  NNEDV works closely with its members to understand the ongoing and emerging needs of domestic violence victims and advocacy programs. NNEDV makes sure those needs are heard and understood by policymakers ... Read More »

TCFV Marks October 9th Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day)

Austin, Texas - October 8, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), the Verizon Foundation and the Women’s Health and the Family Planning Association of Texas today are for the first time live streaming an important women’s health care event to Texans.  The Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day is a public forum and will provide training from leaders in domestic violence and women’s health care on the health effects of intimate partner violence. The discussion will explore how health care professionals can assist people they come in contact with who they believe are victims of domestic violence, discussions ... Read More »

TCFV Honors Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

Dallas, Texas - October 3, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today is pleased to honor and recognize Mayor Mike Rawlings for his outstanding efforts to rally thousands of men to stand up and speak out against domestic violence. Each year, over 100 Texas women lose their lives to domestic violence.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the color for domestic violence advocacy.  We honor Mayor Rawlings with statewide “Go Purple” recognition and we challenge all of Texas to Go Purple and strive for a state where no woman is killed by a husband, partner, ... Read More »

Foundation for Improvement of Justice Hosts its 28th Awards Banquet

The Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. hosted its 28th awards banquet Saturday September 28th, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta.   The Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1984 for the purpose of improving local, state, and federal systems of justice within The United States of America.  Each year, the Foundation accepts nominations for the Paul H. Chapman award to recognize and reward individuals or organizations whose innovative programs and work have made improvements in the various systems of justice.   Winners receive a check for $10,000, the Paul H. Chapman medal, a ... Read More »

TCFV Salutes El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza for a National Honor for Creating Innovative 24-Hour Domestic Violence Program

Esparza Wins the National Paul H. Chapman Award in Atlanta                  Austin, Texas - September 27, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today joined the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia in saluting El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza who is receiving a top national award for protecting victims of domestic violence. The foundation has selected Esparza as the Paul H. Chapman Award Winner for his efforts to save lives, increase the quality of life for our most vulnerable and forcing his peers in the justice system to closely examine their role. Jaime Esparza created an innovative ... Read More »

Texas Council on Family Violence Joins U.S. Senator John Cornyn to Support Legislation to Stop the Sale of Murderabilia

Austin, Texas - September 20, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn to support his federal legislation to crack down on the heinous practice of the sale of “murderabilia,” items such as letters, hair, art work or crime scene DNA that inmates attempt to sell for profit from behind bars. “Murderabilia” is the term used to describe crime memorabilia that violent prisoners produce and sell.  To stem the growing murderabilia trade, Senator Cornyn has introduced the Stop the Sale of Murderabilia Act. “Domestic violence survivors have already been victimized once by their abuser," said ... Read More »

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