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 85th Legislative Session, the legislature strongly supported the over 72,000 mostly women and children that accessed services last year. They listened when we called on them to Go Purple, and passed key bills to assist victims of family violence, including:
- Funding for Family Violence Services
- Safety in Child Custody Decisions
- Long-Term Protective Orders: A Tool for Safety
- Safer at Home: Enhanced Address Safety
- VIP: Victim Information Privacy
Public Policy Committee
TCFV convenes a Public Policy Committee comprised of a diverse group of those involved in addressing family violence response in our state, including victims, family violence advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, educators, the judiciary and others. Using their feedback and guidance, TCFV then worked to vet a long list of ideas, with the intent to focus during session on those measures that will be most impactful and that can be accomplished. The TCFV Legislative agenda represents the culmination of this consensus-driven preparation.