Resources & Acknowledgements

This project could not have been successful without the information provided to TCFV by the nearly 100 family violence programs across the state. These programs employ a dedicated group of advocates who spend each day offering life-saving services to survivors of family violence. The survey for the State Plan was lengthy, 174 questions in all, and required time to fill out initially as well as numerous follow up emails and phone calls with clarifying questions. We thank the advocates and Executive Directors at these programs for taking the time to answer all of our questions, but more importantly we thank them for the work they do on a daily basis to assist survivors of family violence.

We also thank our partners at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas, as without them this project would not have been possible. To Noel Busch-Armenderiz, Tom Bohman, and Laurie Cook-Heffron, as well as the other dedicated staff members who assisted in this process; we offer our sincere thanks as well as our admiration for going above and beyond the initial scope of the project and sharing their expertise. This collaborative process allowed TCFV to create a State Plan that merges the fields of research and advocacy and allows for an informed way forward on funding decisions in Texas.

In addition, we thank our collaborative partners at the Texas Health and Human Service Commission Family Violence Program and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Their funding and support facilitated the professional and extensive completion of this project and their commitment to fully examining the availability of services to survivors across Texas serves as innovative and far-reaching example.

Lastly, we acknowledge and dedicate this State Plan to survivors of family violence across the state of Texas. It is with each one of you in mind that we create this State Plan and continue to look for ways to increase access to services across Texas so there will be a safe place to go when you need it most.

The Texas State Plan was written in part to address the statutory requirement to have a state plan per the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act that addresses the need of underserved communities as well as looking at geographic need. To learn more about the FVPSA state plan requirements go to: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/s3817/text

This State Plan was also designed to meet Section 51.0021 of the Texas Human Resource Code requiring that the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) have ‘Family Violence Services Plan’ in place to navigate funding and other planning decisions. To learn more about these requirements go to: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HR/htm/HR.51.htm

If you need immediate assistance please call 911 to reach out to law enforcement.

If you are in an abusive relationship and need to talk to someone please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Advocates are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention, discuss safety planning, and offer referrals for shelter. You can also call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or go to www.loveisrespect.org.

If you need assistance and want to call your local family violence program’s 24 hour a day hotline click on this link to access TCFV’s service directory. This directory will allow you to enter a city or county and find services available in your community.