TCFV is a unified voice speaking to the Texas Legislature to support and create laws that will assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each Legislative session, TCFV has a Legislative Agenda to highlight the laws that will affect the efforts of the domestic violence movement in Texas. One of our main goals is to get more involvement in the community with legislative issues that can help end the disastrous effect of abuse. If you are interested in volunteering or sharing your testimony on upcoming legislative issues with the state legislature or at the federal level, please contact us!
The Texas Legislature meets January through May, in odd numbered years. During the legislative session, TCFV advocates on behalf of Texas domestic violence programs and battered women in Texas. Between sessions, TCFV collects information from shelter advocates about what laws need to be changed in order to better serve family violence victims. We also provide information on Welfare, Immigration and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to survivors and programs. In addition, we conduct trainings on new laws and monitors how they are being implemented. For more information on these trainings, visit our Trainings and Conferences page.
In the 84th Legislative Session, the legislature strongly supported the over 84,000 mostly women and children that accessed services last year by increasing key funding. They listened when we called on them to Go Purple, and passed key bills to assist victims of family violence, including:
- Fully Funding a Safer Texas
- Our State’s Commitment to Batterer Re-Education
- The No Red-Tape Bill: Effective Procurement of Family Violence Services
- A Whole School Response to Dating Abuse: Turning House Bill 121 Policy Requirements into Action
- Changing Criminal Procedure: Allowing Juries to Hear More Information About Family Violence
- Effective Enforcement of Family Violence Protective Orders
For those who work to stop family violence, purple stands as the color we wear to draw attention to our efforts. When we wear purple or use it on materials, it instantly reminds all of us that we are not alone in our work to end violence at home. With this sense of activism, TCFV challenges itself and Texas to Go Purple, taking family violence seriously. In the year leading up to the 84th Legislative Session, TCFV followed a deliberate process in developing its substantive legislative priorities. In our interactions at the capitol and across the state, we solicited ideas, information and feedback from the entirety of the coordinated community response to family violence in Texas. We look to those doing the life-saving work to inform our approach to legislative changes.
Public Policy Committee