Dallas, Texas – October 6, 2014 – 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. 119 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2013. 114 women were killed in 2012. 102 women were killed in 2011. Harris County has stood alone as the county in Texas with the most women killed for many years, but this year Dallas County and Harris County are tied with the highest numbers of domestic violence murders of any county in Texas at 20 domestic violence homicides in each county. Dallas County has the highest per capita female murder rate in the state at 1: 62, 752.
Dallas County had 20 homicides in 2013 compared to 9 in the previous year. Tarrant County had 11 homicides compared to 6 in the previous year. Collin County had 3 homicides compared to 1 in the previous year. Ellis and Rockwall counties each had 1 homicide compared to 0 in the previous year. Denton County had 2 homicides compared to 3 in the previous year. In all, the DFW metroplex had 38 domestic violence homicides, the most of the any metro-area in the state of Texas.
“Domestic violence murders are knowable, identifiable and preventable,” 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. We hope the report will evoke deeper and more meaningful discussions about barriers and realities that affect the ability of women to escape danger within their relationships.“
“This important report should motivate all of us to strengthen our resolve to work together to protect victims of domestic violence in Texas. We must provide more protection for victims, improve systems coordination, and never forget that the most dangerous time for a woman fleeing a violent relationship is when she is leaving or attempting to leaving her partner,” said Mary Lee, Hafley, CEO of SafeHaven in Arlington and Ft. Worth.
“While we shine the spotlight on domestic violence during October, the Family Place works year round with individuals and families who have been subjected to violence in their own homes. Our efforts to provide immediate shelter, services and longer-term advocacy are supported by other area service providers and by our colleagues in the criminal justice system and in law enforcement. Their support, and the support of the entire community, is critical to prevent and reduce domestic violence,” said Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place in Dallas.
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.
In 2013, perpetrators killed, in addition to their partners an additional 17 friends and/or family members. Another 11 bystanders or witnesses were injured. The collateral damage from these homicides is significant and tragic. 186 children and adults in Texas lost a parent as a result of femicides in 2013. 55 children witnessed their mother’s die at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
Some key statistics include:
- Dallas County & Harris County have the highest number of deaths at 20 in each county
- DFW has 38 domestic violence homicides in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties
- Collin-3 (1) previous year
- Dallas-20 (9) previous year
- Denton-2 (3) previous year
- Ellis-1 (0) previous year
- Rockwall-1 (0) previous year
- Tarrant-11 (6) previous year
- 76% of the women were killed at home
- 58% were shot
- 22% were stabbed
- 6% were strangled
- 21 women had taken steps to leave
- 17 bystanders or witnesses killed
- 11 bystanders or witnesses injured
Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence and needs help can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.