WHAT IS A PURPLE POSTCARD?
Simply stated, a purple postcard is a powerful way for Texans to send a strong united message to our legislators declaring that we stand with survivors and ask for full funding for services for victims of family violence. Purple Postcards from all over the state will send an amplified call to the Texas Legislature to support critical funding for family violence services. TCFV will be delivering your postcard, along with others, directly to your legislators!
WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?
Current funding for family violence centers does not begin to address the dangerously growing capacity crisis. Last year, approximately 1 out of 2 survivors were turned away due to lack of space. Although shelters and programs maximize scarce resources to save lives, they’re still unable to support a significant number of survivors’ needs.
Without even enough funding for emergency services like shelter, programs lack the resources to meaningfully invest in prevention efforts in their communities and to offer the types of services, like legal and housing assistance, that help support survivors on the road to long-term stability for their families.
To make Texas communities safer, we must secure full funding for these vital support services.
WHY IS THIS YEAR SO IMPORTANT?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of family violence program staff are considered essential workers and need personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves, survivors, while navigating creating shelter and communal spaces aligned with local health department social distancing guidelines. Programs also need support and technology tools to offer important safety, healing and advocacy services virtually. All of this while most programs (63%) are still receiving the same, or more, requests for shelter.
HOW CAN I HELP?
It’s easy! Complete the virtual postcard below and let your state representatives and senators know that fully funding these life-saving services should be a top priority this legislative session. Also, share this link far and wide to agency supporters, partners, friends, and family compete as well.
WHAT IS THE GOAL?
This year we are excited to launch our new “Supporting Survivors: No Postage Required” campaign—an easy and digital way to reach out to our legislators who make the critical decision about funding for family violence programs.
Our goal is to collect and “deliver” one card for every one of the 71,000 strong survivors, who sought services from family violence programs in the past year. To do this we need over 71,000 cards so please help by completing a card!
Want to do more? Follow our Card Counter below and share this link with your fellow Texans encouraging others to help us reach our 100% goal!
Our Goal: 71,000 Purple Postcards
< ONE CARD FOR EVERY ONE SURVIVOR THAT SOUGHT SERVICES LAST YEAR >
One minute of your day could mean safety for a survivor. Post your card now!
The Facts of the Matter
women were killed by a male intimate partner, in 2018.
Texans received services from family violence centers.
of shelter requests went unmet due to lack of space.