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Learn the Facts

Family violence is knowable, predictable, and preventable. Knowing the facts about domestic violence is the first step in supporting victims in their safety planning and holding offenders accountable. It’s essential that we work together to tell the story of domestic violence in Texas. Use these facts and statistics to elevate the voice of survivors and share the facts about domestic violence in your community.


women were killed by a male intimate partner in 2016.


Counties indicated in white had one or more family violence fatalities from 2009-2015. Purple Counties experienced no fatalities during that time. 

Learn more about domestic violence fatalities in Texas by visiting the Honoring Texas Victims report page.


1 in 3 Texans will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.

Last year, family violence programs served more than 70,000 Texans. 

Hotline Calls


Texas family violence programs received 172,573 hotline calls in 2016.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline received 15,584 calls and 1,809 chat requests from Texas in 2017.

The National Dating Abuse Hotline, Love is Respect received 1,276 calls, 767 chats and 288 texts from Texas in 2017.

Unmet Need

In a single day, 999 requests for services were unmet because of lack of resources. Read more from NNEDV’s national census

The most frequently requested unmet service for survivors is housing. 

stats_house_3939% of requests for shelter from an abusive relationship are turned away due solely to lack of resources. In 2016, 12,693 requests for shelter went unmet. 

Survivors’ unmet needs for housing have increased significantly in the last 5 years. 

Get to Know Your County


The Texas State Plan provides a detailed inventory of services, need, and other statistics by county.

The Texas Department of Public Safety  provides statistics capturing the relationship between the victim and offender, victim and offender demographics, number of officer assaults, type of offense and injury, and if weapons were used.


Beneath the Surface Poster

English (web and PDF) and Spanish (web and PDF)

Know the Facts Infographic

English (web and print and customizable Adobe Illustrator file)


Please feel free to use these statistics, charts, and graphics with acknowledgement to TCFV in order to share the story of domestic violence in your community. Have a question about these materials? Contact us!