A Closer Look at Program Services
TCFV and IDVSA also collected a wealth of data on the type, and location of, the comprehensive services offered by family violence programs across Texas. On the charts below take a look at where and how a county is covered as well as which program(s) serves the county. The charts also indicate whether, and where, a program offers a core service, such as shelter or emergency medical assistance, and what additional support services may be in place. We offer these as a resource for survivors across the state as well as community members who are interested in knowing more about the availability of services their community.
The assessment of access through the eyes of a survivor now represents the guiding principle the State Plan. This chart shows how each county is covered, whether this service is in-person or not, and what program(s) offers the services. Two charts are available for review; one represents the dataset used for the statistical analysis that led to the maps and the other in the most current data available. When assessing where a service is available please use the chart labeled “Current Depth of Service Availability.”
Chapter 51 of the Human Services Code lays out standards for family violence center core service provision. These include services such as access to emergency shelter and assistance with emergency transportation.
For more information regarding these important required services per the Texas Human Resource Code go to: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HR/htm/HR.51.htm
Many important services that strengthen the ability of a survivor to transition to safety and self-sufficiency, such as childcare and access to legal representation also exist in Texas. These charts show which of these services are provided directly by a family violence program and in what counties these services are offered. Likely additional options for services via collaborative partners and that these partners may also exist, such as the local legal aid; these options stand as critical aspects of successful community collaboration in providing needed services to survivors.
Along with these specific charts outlining the wide variety of services offered by family violence programs across the state, the 2013 State Plan update collected a wealth of additional information that will allow Texas to develop a holistic response to family violence. These findings include an identification of underserved communities, as required by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), as well as a suggestions for addressing the need for services within these communities. In addition, the findings explore emerging issues in the movement to end violence including batterer intervention services, family violence fatality review teams, teen dating abuse, among many others.
To access previous versions of the Texas State Plan click here.