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:
- Monday– 146 women killed by a male intimate partner in Texas in 2016
- Tuesday – 68% perpetrators used a firearm to kill their partner
- Wednesday– 24 family members and friends were also killed
- Thursday – Leaving does not always equal safety – 40% of women had left or were leaving the relationship when they were killed
- Friday – Access to economic resources is the best predictor of whether a victim with leave their abuser
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.