The Texas Council on Family Violence, the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence and the below-listed El Paso area elected officials stand together in recognizing that:
- Texas family violence centers served over 72,000 victims last year alone.
- 158 women were killed by their male intimate partner in 2015.
- 39% of all who sought services were turned away due to lack of space and resources.
Realizing these needs and the DEADLY reality of family violence, we join together to call on all policy makers in El Paso and Texas overall to hold tight to three fundamental core values for family violence victims:
- Victims of family violence have the right to protection using the civil and criminal justice system.
- ALL family violence victims and the communities in which they live deserve safety from harm. This makes our communities safer.
- Vital to this safety, family violence victims must have unfettered access to law enforcement and the courthouse.
Gloria Terry, TCFV
Stephanie Karr, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence
Jo Anne Bernal, El Paso County Attorney
Jaime Esparza, 34th Judicial District Attorney, TCFV Board Member
Congressman Beto O’Rourke
Senator Jose Rodriguez
County Judge Veronica Escobar
Representative Joe Pickett
Representative Joe Moody
Representative Mary Gonzalez
Representative Cesar Blanco
Representative Evelina Ortega