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Honoring Texas Victims Report

In 2016, 146 women were killed by a male intimate partner in Texas. As inexplicable as these tragedies are, the Honoring Texas Victims report identifies promising practices for understanding and preventing future fatalities. The report recommends new ways to elevate survivor safety through community collaboration to address the threat of firearms, recognition of crucial periods for intervention, and identification of technology facilitated abuse. We highlight solution focused responses, including a critical change in the law to allow for victim-advocate privilege, prevention collaborations between athletic communities and family violence programs, improved evidence collection tools, new understanding of traumatic brain injuries, and effective media reporting within communities.

Key facts:

  • A man killed his female intimate partner every 2.5 days in Texas.
  • These intimate partner murders make up one in every 10 homicides in Texas.
  • Fatalities occurred in 55 counties across the state.
  • 68% of perpetrators used a firearm.
  • 77% of perpetrators killed their partners in a home.
  • Victims’ ages ranged from 15 to 92; 82 women were between the ages of 20-39.

The report helps us come to both know a little about these beautiful women who tragically lost their lives and  inform our collective work across the state.We know that family violence deaths are identifiable, knowable and preventable, and we continue to hold tight to the belief that we can eliminate family violence in our communities.

Read the Report

2018 Young Hearts Matter Award Nominations Open

Texas Council on Family Violence is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Young Hearts Matter awards. These awards recognize individuals who inspire and lead their communities to promote healthy relationships for young hearts in Texas. Recipients will be honored in February 2018 and will receive a $200 honorarium for the Activist of the Year and Advocate of the Year award categories.  

Award Categories 

Young Hearts Matter Activist of the Year recognizes a young person who has been a driving force for social change among their peers and has done significant work to promote awareness and prevention of dating abuse in their community or school.  Young Hearts Matter Advocate of the Year recognizes an adult ally who partners with young people, is a leader for violence prevention in their community, and has made prevention programming more accessible as a result of their efforts.  

How to Apply 

Sound like someone you know? Submit an application onlineDeadline: December 21, 2017 

Nominees will be directly notified of their nomination by TCFV and the final award recipients will be announced in February 2018 in observance of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  

For additional questions, please contact: Shannon Spriggs Murdoch, Prevention Director 512-685-6317 or email smurdoch@tcfv.org 

 

Honoring Texas Victims: TCFV Responds to the Domestic Violence Murders in Sutherland Springs, Texas

For Immediate Release

Gloria A. Terry, TCFV, 512-627-5295 gterry@tcfv.org
Mikisha Hooper, TCFV, 580-380-6615 mhooper@tcfv.org

Honoring Texas Victims: TCFV Responds to the Domestic Violence Murders in Sutherland Springs, Texas

Domestic Violence Tears at the Very Fabric of Texas with 146 Women Killed by Their Male Intimate Partners in 2016 and 24 Additional Family Members, Friends and Bystanders Also Harmed

Make no mistake: domestic violence causes far reaching impact and devastation on Texas families and communities.  Violence at home too often erupts into neighborhoods, workplaces and indeed places of worship.  These heartbreaking domestic violence related murders over the weekend tear at the very fabric of Texas. 

Points of fact: In an analysis of mass shootings nationally between 2009 and 2015 perpetrators killed intimate part­ners or other family members in 57% of the cases. In 15% of the cases, the perpetrator had a prior domestic violence charge. Moreover, in Texas in the last year, 146 women lost their lives at the hands of a male intimate partner, an additional 24 children and adults were killed in those 146 incidents. Also in 2016, Texas experienced eight incidents of familicide – a significant increase from the prior year total of zero, where perpetrators killed their children and partner before killing themselves. Additionally, firearms were used in 68% of the 146 incidents, 15% were stabbed, 10% were strangled and the remaining 7% involved other means of death.

We continue to underestimate the reach and devastation of domestic violence.  Seeing it only as a microcosm, as something that happens privately between two people. Yet domestic violence thrives in the silence and obliviousness we give it.

Only when we confront the very conditions which allow domestic violence to exist will our homes, public spaces and places of worship be truly safe.

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Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/

Go Purple – Celebrate!

As October comes to an end, we want to take a moment to thank domestic violence advocates and service providers throughout the state for their amazing work in supporting survivors. Last year, nearly 73,000 Texans found support and guidance on their path to leave abuse with the help of advocates like you. Texas domestic violence programs save lives, and TCFV is proud to represent and support you as your state coalition.  

We also want to thank all the survivors who tell their stories during DVAM. Your voices lead the way. Your courage galvanizes us all to confront the conditions that permit violence to occur. And your strength inspires us to build a safer Texas.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s DVAM! Tell us what you learned and your favorite moments from this month on our Facebook and Twitter.

Stay in touch with domestic violence news and awareness opportunities all year long – sign-up for our email list!

Go Purple – Honoring Texas Victims

At TCFV, we are committed to telling the story of domestic violence in Texas. Since 1990, we’ve published the Honoring Texas Victims report – because we know that every woman deserves to be counted. This report gives factual accounts of the women killed by their partners, telling each story with utmost care and respect.

This week, we want to reflect on these women’s stories and the impact of these murders throughout our state. It is heartbreaking, necessary work to bring domestic violence out of the shadows. While the full Honoring Texas Victims report will be released later, we can share key facts to galvanize our communities:

Now more than ever, it’s essential that we work together to tell the story of domestic violence in Texas. Family violence is knowable, predictable, and preventable. Knowing the facts about domestic violence is the first step in being able to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. Find more facts and social media graphics from the Honoring Texas Victims report on our website at TCFV.org/GoPurple.

Honoring Texas Victims: Bexar County is One of the Top Five Counties with the Highest Number of Domestic Violence Homicides in the State with 11 Murders

Aaron Setliff, TCFV, 512-590-9808 asetliff@tcfv.org

Honoring Texas Victims: 146 Women Killed in Texas in 2016 – Bexar County is One of the Top Five Counties with the Highest Number of Domestic Violence Homicides in the State with 11 Murders

 New Report Released During Domestic Violence Awareness Month Shows Increase in the Number of Women Killed in San Antonio   

San Antonio, Texas – October 20, 2016 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows 146 women were killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  Fatalities occurred in 55 Texas counties.  24 family members and friends were also killed (this includes 13 children); 4 family members and friends were injured during the incidents.  This represents the largest number of related victims since 2011.

Every year more than 100 women are killed in domestic violence homicides in Texas.   This year’s numbers are a reduction from the deaths in 2015 when the Texas Council reported the highest number of deaths in Texas since the Council began releasing its’ report.

But, this year’s report shows Bexar County increased the number of homicides from last year from 9 to 11. In 2014, there were 5 homicides in Bexar County.   Bexar joins Collin, Dallas and Tarrant Counties in North Texas as four of the top five counties with the highest number of homicides in the state.  Harris County in Houston continues to have the highest number of domestic violence homicides in the state of Texas.

Intimate partner homicides end the lives of women who have roles as loving mothers, caring family members, and engaged community members. The women whose deaths are detailed here represent lives that left indelible marks on those around them. Many of them are remembered for the strong bonds they formed in their families and with their friends and for offering those around them kindness, compassion, encouragement and smiles that brightened rooms. Family members often described these women as the glue that held people together’ and ‘willing to do anything for anyone’. They took pride in their roles as mothers and in the work that they did as students and in their careers. TCFV joins their families, friends and communities in mourning their loss.

146 women were killed in Texas in 2016.

158 women were killed in Texas in 2015, the deadliest year for women in Texas.   132 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2014.  119 women were killed in 2013.  114 women were killed in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  

Other Key Stats from the report:

  • Counties with the most fatalities are: Harris (28), Dallas (13), Tarrant (13), Bexar (11), Collin (6)
  • Tarrant, Bexar, Collin each experienced increases from 2015; Harris is down from 34, and Dallas remains the same as last year.
  • 40% of women killed in 2016 had ended the relationship or were in the process of leaving when they were murdered.
  • 68% of perpetrators used a firearm to murder their female partner.
  • 77% of perpetrators killed their partners in a home.
  • Women between the ages of 20-39 represent over half of the total number of victims
  • Youngest Victim: 15
  • Oldest Victim: 92

Marta Palez, Chief Executive Officer of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.

The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter, Amy Zuniga, a domestic violence survivor, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar San Antonio Police Department Asst. Chief James Flavin, Willie Ng – Chief Investigator w/ the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry to unveil the annual report titled: Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities.”

“146 innocent lives were lost and families were forever changed in senseless domestic violence murders in Texas.  11 lives were lost in Bexar County.  We are immensely saddened by the tragic loss of life and we remember the families of those who lost loved ones and we especially want to remember the 146 families who lost a loved one this year.   When a tragic loss like this happens, it reminds all of us, how dangerous domestic violence can be to a family and a community and how much more work there is to be accomplished to ensure victims find help and safety before it’s too late,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities recognizes all Texas family violence victims lost in this tragic crime. “

The release of the 2016 Honoring Victims Report coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is in October.  Domestic violence all too often ends with tragic results.  

“During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we focus on three important elements of ending violence – supporting survivors, holding abusers accountable and perhaps, most important, preventing the violence before it begins by challenging the underlying attitudes and beliefs that feed violent behavior.  We are proud to partner with other agencies and organizations locally and across the state that share our commitment to ending violence on all three fronts. Together we strive to make violence a part of our past and we redouble our efforts to educate the public and try to prevent domestic violence fatalities in the future,” said Chief Executive Officer Marta Palez of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter.

The report released by the Texas Council on Family Violence and compiled from data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas law enforcement agencies and media reports list names of the victims and gives brief accounts of their deaths.

Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/

Go Purple – Action Week

How can you make a difference for domestic violence survivors in your community? It’s easier than you might think! For the third week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’re asking you to stand with survivors and take action!

There is power in numbers – when you stand up for survivors, you make a difference! Tell us what you’re doing for Action Week on Facebook and Twitter.

Honoring Texas Victims: 146 Women Killed in Texas in 2016

For Immediate Release

Honoring Texas Victims: 146 Women Killed in Texas in 2016 –– Collin, Dallas and Tarrant County have the Highest Number of Homicides in the State of Texas

Plano, Texas – October 13, 2017 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows 146 women were killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  Fatalities occurred in 55 Texas counties.  24 family members and friends were also killed (this includes 13 children); 4 family members and friends were injured during the incidents.

This represents the largest number of related victims since 2011.

Every year more than 100 women are killed in domestic violence homicides in Texas.   This year’s numbers are a reduction from the deaths in 2015 when the Texas Council reported the highest number of deaths in Texas since the Council began releasing its’ report.

But, this year’s report shows Collin County doubled the number of homicides from last year from 3 to 6 and Collin, Dallas and Tarrant Counties in North Texas are three of the top five counties with the highest number of homicides in the state.  Bexar County in San Antonio is also in the top five.  Harris County in Houston continues to have the highest number of domestic violence homicides in the state of Texas.

Intimate partner homicides end the lives of women who have roles as loving mothers, caring family members, and engaged community members. The women whose deaths are detailed here represent lives that left indelible marks on those around them. Many of them are remembered for the strong bonds they formed in their families and with their friends and for offering those around them kindness, compassion, encouragement

and smiles that brightened rooms. Family members often described these women as the glue that held people together’ and ‘willing to do anything for anyone’. They took pride in their roles as mothers and in the work that they did as students and in their careers. TCFV joins their families, friends and communities in mourning their loss.

146 women were killed in Texas in 2016.

158 women were killed in Texas in 2015, the deadliest year for women in Texas.   

132 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2014.  119 women were killed in 2013.  114 women were killed in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  

Other Key Stats from the report:

  • Counties with the most fatalities are: Harris (28), Dallas (13), Tarrant (13), Bexar (11), Collin (6)
  • Tarrant, Bexar, Collin each experienced increases from 2015; Harris is down from 34, and Dallas remains the same as last year.
  • 40% of women killed in 2016 had ended the relationship or were in the process of leaving when they were murdered.
  • 68% of perpetrators used a firearm to murder their female partner.
  • 77% of perpetrators killed their partners in a home.
  • Women between the ages of 20-39 represent over half of the total number of victims
  • Youngest Victim: 15
  • Oldest Victim: 92

In 2016, Hope’s Door helped victims of domestic violence and their children by:

Last year we answered 5011 calls to our hotline, provided up to 90 days of emergency shelter for 758 individuals, placed 26 families in community supported housing, and continued outreach services, including counseling, parenting skills, and financial education for 1,807 adults and children.

Jim Malatich, Chief Executive Officer of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center in Plano and TCFV Board member joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry to unveil the annual report titled: Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities.”

“146 innocent lives were lost and families were forever changed in senseless domestic violence murders in Texas.  6 lives were lost in Collin County. While, the recent horrific mass killing in Plano is not reflected in this report.  The homicides will be in next year’s report, we are immensely saddened by the tragic loss of life and we remember the families of those who lost loved ones and we especially want to remember the 146 families who lost a loved one this year.   When a tragic loss like this happens, it reminds all of us, how dangerous domestic violence can be to a family and a community and how much more work there is to be accomplished to ensure victims find help and safety before it’s too late,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities recognizes all Texas family violence victims lost in this tragic crime. “

The release of the 2016 Honoring Victims Report coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is in October.  Domestic violence all too often ends with tragic results.  

“During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we focus on three important elements of ending violence – supporting survivors, holding abusers accountable and perhaps, most important, preventing the violence before it begins by challenging the underlying attitudes and beliefs that feed violent behavior.  We are proud to partner with other agencies and organizations locally and across the state that share our commitment to ending violence on all three fronts. Together we strive to make violence a part of our past and we redouble our efforts given the recent mass murder to learn lessons, educate the public and try to prevent domestic violence fatalities in the future,” said Jim Malatich, Chief Executive Officer of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center in Plano and TCFV Board member.

The report released by the Texas Council on Family Violence and compiled from data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas law enforcement agencies and media reports list names of the victims and gives brief accounts of their deaths.

List of Women Killed in Collin County:

Karen Bigham, 49 McKinney

06/20/16

Kelley Bigham, 50, shot and killed his wife Karen in her home office. Bigham then shot and killed Karen’s twin sister, Kathy Boobar, 50. Karen had separated from Bigham six months prior to the murder and filed for divorce. A few days before Bigham killed Karen, he came to her home and threatened her with a gun. The day of the murder, Karen asked her daughter and sister to be at the home with her while Bigham picked up some of his belongings. Bigham threatened their daughter with a gun and told her to leave the house with her son. As she fled, she called the police. Authorities arrested Bigham in a nearby county and charged him with capital murder; he received a sentence of life in prison. Karen is survived by her adult son and two adult daughters.

Kayley Winburn, 20 McKinney

10/30/16

Jordan Sullivan, 21, shot and killed his wife Kayley in their home. Authorities arrested Sullivan and charged him with murder. The couple had married a few months prior to the murder. Sullivan is awaiting trial for murder.

Karen Ann Rolston, 33 Melissa

08/09/16

John Gaynor, 41, shot and killed his girlfriend Karen in their home. Gaynor then shot and killed himself. Officers discovered their bodies when they responded to a welfare check.

Noshin Chambers, 41 Plano

03/17/16

Gardner Chambers, 45, shot his wife Noshin in their home. Chambers then shot and killed himself. Noshin’s children were in the home at the time of the murder; her 17-year-old son called police while the younger children fled to a neighbor’s home to get help. Emergency responders transported Noshin to a hospital where she later died. Noshin had feared for her safety and had filed for divorce prior to her death. The couple had a pending court hearing the week of the murder. Noshin is survived by two sons and one daughter.

Jennifer Spears, 43 Plano

05/29/16

Kenneth Amyx, 45, stabbed and killed his girlfriend Jennifer in her apartment. Amyx posted photos of Jennifer’s body on social media. After calling his father to admit to committing the crime, Amyx attempted to kill himself. Police found Amyx with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities arrested Amyx and charged him with murder. Amyx confessed to killing Jennifer and received a sentence of life in prison.

Jessie Bardwell, 27 Richardson 

05/09/16

Jason Lowe, 27, assaulted and killed his girlfriend Jessie in their home. He then buried her body in Farmersville. After not hearing from Jessie for more than two weeks, Jessie’s family drove to Texas to file a missing person report. Law enforcement conducted two welfare checks and began an investigation into her disappearance. Officers arrested Lowe on a drug possession charge and while searching his property found evidence of Jessie’s murder. Authorities charged him with murder. Officers located Jessie’s body ten days after Lowe’s arrest. Lowe has a history of family violence. A jury convicted Lowe of Jessie’s murder in September 2017 and a judge approved an agreed-upon sentence of 50 years in prison.

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The mission of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center (HDNBC) is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by intimate partner and family violence and to provide education programs that enhance the community’s capacity to respond. HDNBC serves individuals from all over North Texas.  HDNBC’s services include individual counseling (for both adults and children), support group therapy, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing (formally transitional housing), legal advocacy, community education, and battering prevention programs. For more information, visit www.hdnbc.org , www.facebook.com/hopesdoor , www.twitter.com/hopesdoorinc , or www.instagram.com/hopesdoor.

Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/

Go Purple – Intersections & Connections

Domestic violence effects our whole community. Each year, a network of passionate domestic violence service providers and sister organizations strive to help Texas families create opportunities for freedom from violence. Yet for too many in our state, help can be out of reach.

This week is all about building connections and recognizing intersections between domestic violence and other social justice and social welfare issues. By building connections with other organizations and passionate individuals in our communities, we strengthen our movement and our state.

Here are just some of the ways domestic violence intersects and connects throughout our communities: 

What intersections do you see that impact survivors? How do you build more connections to support survivors and their families? Share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

Go Purple – Knowledge is Power

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in Texas, we Go Purple and strive for a state where no woman loses her life to domestic violence. Go Purple celebrates the progress of our movement and recognize the work still ahead toward our shared vision of a Texas free from violence.

For the first week of domestic violence, we recognize that Knowledge is Power – so let’s help our communities learn the facts and inspire change. Here are some ideas to share on social media to get you started:

How are you sharing the facts for the first week of DVAM? Tag us on Facebook and Twitter to tell us your plans for #TxDVAM!

Champions for Change

For Randy Barnes, Head Football Coach at Rains ISD, coaching is more than Friday night games. “Texas high school football coaches have always been tremendous at coaching beyond the game. We want to change kids’ lives, first and foremost.”

Coach Barnes is passionate about empowering youth leaders in his athletic program, so after noticing the frequent headlines surrounding professional and college athletes involved in domestic violence cases, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The desire to lead an initiative to address violence against women was there, but Barnes had no idea where to begin. Sports play a vital role in the lives of many young athletes, and teams often act as a second family for players. “Coaches are there for them,” he said, “but I needed more tools.”

Coach Barnes began his journey to address violence against women with a prevention curriculum designed specifically for coaches called Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM). “This is a tool that will immediately make an impact in their communities,” said Coach Barnes. “It’s easy to do, it’s timely, and it may be the most important thing they do for their kids.” Once Barnes received training on CBIM, he immediately connected to his local domestic violence program to ask the prevention team to work with the students outside of his athletic program.

“I know that everybody is facing this,” said Coach Barnes, “I’ve talked to coaches from the richest schools to the poorest schools; [domestic violence] is an issue.” In fact, one in three adult Texans have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. Similarly, one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse from a dating partner.

As a result, TCFV further sharpened focus for athletic directors and coaches who take initiative to address dating violence within athletic communities. Earlier this year, TCFV hosted a think tank of seven coaches from different parts of Texas. The coaches began with a conversation on why a coach’s influence is vital to shifting culture within our communities. Although TCFV has a long history with the CBIM curriculum, it became clear on that day, even more was needed. Champions for Change was formed.

Champions for Change promotes safe and healthy relationships within athletic communities across Texas. To achieve their purpose, the CFC is based around four key concepts: modeling, education, creating awareness, and connecting with local programs.

  • Modeling: Coaches must model healthy relationships and lead by example to educate and inspire their athletes.
  • Creating Awareness: Addressing domestic violence begins with acknowledging that it is a real issue.
  • Education: Multi-session learning opportunities assure the same messages are received more than once (also called dosage).
  • Connection: Coaches are not alone – local domestic violence prevention programs can bring programming to schools.

“My coaches made the biggest impact on me in high school and junior high,” recalls Coach Barnes. Caring adults – including coaches, educators, and parents – can make all the difference in preventing dating abuse.


Do you want to learn more about TCFV’s work and stay up-to-date with new resources? Sign up for our email list! 

Go Purple Toolkit for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is just around the corner, and with it, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Get ready to challenge your community to strive for a state where no woman loses her life to domestic violence. Go Purple by standing up for domestic violence victims and survivors and taking action to end violence in our communities. Use the Go Purple Toolkit to power your advocacy! 

Go Purple Calendar
Follow along with our Social Media Calendar and explore weekly themes. Download the Social Media Graphics Pack to customize your own campaign. Graphics available in English and Spanish.

Posters & Infographics
Customize posters and infographics in English and Spanish with your agency’s contact information and local data. New video tutorials walk you through how to customize – or use the ready-to-go materials!

Go Purple Day
Wear purple on October 19 in support of domestic violence victims throughout the state. Ask your community partners and followers to join you and post photos on social media.

Honoring Texas Victims Report
Each year, TCFV’s Honoring Texas Victims Report provides our state’s most extensive analysis of women killed in Texas by a male intimate partner. TCFV will release this year’s report during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The report will help galvanize your community and provide essential data and analysis. You will find the report, as well as a summary factsheet and social media graphics, online in October.

Go Purple!

TCFV Names Members to the Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

Austin, Texas – July  11, 2017– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) names two new at- large board members:  Shirley Cox, Senior Vice President for Frost Bank and Danielle Agee, General Counsel – South Central Market, Verizon Wireless.

“The Texas Council on Family Violence takes great care and diligence in identifying key leaders in Texas to strengthen our collective responsive and prevention of domestic violence,” said Gloria Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “We are thrilled to have two experienced leaders from the business sector  join us on the board to bring their experience and passion to help victims of domestic violence and lead our strategic decision in Texas.”

Board Members:

Shirly Cox is the Senior Vice President and North Texas/Houston Sales Manager for the public finance team for the Dallas, Fort Worth, Permian Basin and Houston regions for Frost Bank has been elected as an at-large member to the Texas Council on Family Violence Board of Directors.  Shirly has more than 25 years of banking experience, Shirley and her team work with non-profits and public entities to provide depository, lending and treasury services to our clients.  Her banking career began in 1988 at a national bank prior to joining Overton Bankshares now a part of Frost National Bank in 1993.  She served in a variety of positions on the commercial lending side and immediately prior to her current role served as Market President and Sales Manager for the Arlington/Mansfield area for 11 years.

Shirley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Finance major from Texas A&M University.  Community service has been an important part of her life. She currently serves as a member of the University of Texas at Arlington, College of Business Administration Advisory Council and is on the facilities committee at the YMCA of Arlington.  Her past involvement consisted of the following: board member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, board member of the YMCA of Arlington, chair of the board of directors of the Prevent Blindness Texas-Fort Worth chapter, chair of the board for The Women’s Shelter, president of the South Arlington Rotary Club and was a Junior Achievement volunteer.  She is a past member of the Arlington South Rotary Club, and also an honorary initiate into Delta Delta Delta Fraternity.  In 2013, Shirley was one of the honorees of the SafeHaven’s Legacy of Women Luncheon.

Danielle Agee is the General Counsel for Verizon- At Large Board Member for the Texas Council on Family Violence

Agree is the General Counsel for the twelve-state South Central Market including Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, southwestern Alabama, northwestern Florida, southern Nevada, western Tennessee, and southern Utah. 

In this role, she provides legal guidance to the Market President, the Vice President-Retail Sales and wireless field operations teams on various matters including wireless siting, dispute resolution, sales and marketing practices, and customer relations.  She also works closely with the Government Affairs and Regulatory teams in advancing public policy strategies for the Market.  She has held several positions in the legal department during her 17-year tenure at Verizon.

Danielle earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.  She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Within Verizon, Danielle serves on the Legal Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is the Executive Sponsor for the local CITE chapter, Verizon’s employee resource group for African-American employees. In the community, Danielle is part of the leadership advisory group for the University of Dallas’ Women in Business initiative, and is an active member of her church.  Danielle lives in Frisco, TX with her husband and two children.

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Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/