For Immediate Release
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.
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/