Honoring Texas Victims: 132 Women Killed in Texas in 2014 – Harris County Has the Highest Number of Domestic Violence Homicides in the State at 23 –
4 Murders in Brazoria County, 2 in Ft. Bend, Galveston and Montgomery and 1 in Wharton County Bringing the Total to 34 Domestic Violence Homicides in the Greater Houston Area
Houston, Texas – October 16, 2015 – 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. 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. Harris County had the highest number of deaths in the state with 23 domestic violence murders, followed by Tarrant and Dallas with 10 domestic violence homicides in each city, followed by El Paso and San Antonio with 5 murders in each city. In addition, there were 4 murders in Brazoria County, 2 murders each in Ft. Bend, Galveston and Montgomery Counties and one domestic violence homicide in Wharton County in the greater surrounding Houston area.
Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr., Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, Deborah Mosley, Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Pasadena and TCFV Board member, Rebecca White, CEO at the Houston Area Women’s Center and Barbie Brasher, Executive Director, Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry at a news conference in Houston to unveil the annual report titled: “Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities.”
“23 innocent lives were lost and 23 families forever changed in senseless domestic violence murders in Harris County. 34 lives were lost in the greater Houston area. 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. 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. Domestic violence murders are knowable, identifiable and predictable.“
“As a community, we must provide victims with the attention they need to access resources, get to safety, and ensure victims do not go unnoticed or unassisted. We encourage victims of domestic violence to speak out,” said Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr.
“This important report should motivate all of us who work to protect victims of domestic violence in Texas to continue to improve our system, strive to better protect victims and understand that the most dangerous time for a woman fleeing a violent relationship is when they are leaving or attempting to leave the relationship,” said Deborah Moseley, Executive Director of the Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
“Letting survivors know that they are not alone and that help is available is as important during Domestic Violence Awareness Month as it is throughout the year,” said Rebecca White, President and CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center. “Every day, the Houston Area Women’s Center and local service providers are committed to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy for survivors. Working in partnership with our colleagues in the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and the entire community is critical if we want to prevent violence and send a loud and clear message to abusers that domestic violence is not acceptable.”
As Barbie Brashear, the Executive Director of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (HCDVCC), states, “The systems that respond to domestic violence in Harris County are committed to working together to increase safety and access to services for victims and their families. This commitment has led to HCDVCC’s strategic plan to examine how we respond, recommend change, and implement strategies to improve how we collectively work to keep families safe.”
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.
County by County Narratives of all the Women Killed in Texas
Some key statistics include:
- 132 women were killed in 59 counties
- The youngest victim was 16 and the oldest victim was 90
- Harris County has the highest number of deaths at 23
- Dallas and Tarrant had the second highest with 10 murders in each county
- El Paso and Bexar had the third highest with 5 murders in each county
- 77% of the women were killed at home
- 67%- The leading cause of death is firearms
- 14% were stabbed
- 7% were strangled
- Leaving Does Not Equal Safety- 43 women had ended the relationship 15 married women were separated from their husbands, 8 women were in the process of leaving
Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence and needs help can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.