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Violence in the Greater Houston Area
  • Harris County led the state in women killed by their intimate partner with 34 women (22%) in 2015. *Source: Texas Council on Family Violence
  • In 2015, Harris County had the highest percentage of calls to the Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • The 2014-2015 Harris County Community Plan reported more than 250,000 women in domestic violence situations.
  • In 2014, the Houston Police Department alone tallied 23,512 reported incidents of domestic violence.
  • 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
  • 25% of physical assaults perpetrated against women are reported to the police annually.
Reported violence in Texas
  • 158 women were killed in Texas by their intimate partners in 2015 *Source: Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
  • 119 women were killed by their intimate partner in 2013 *Source: Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Council on Family Violence
  • 23,311 adults and children were sheltered due to domestic abuse in 2014 *Source: Texas Council on Family Violence
Domestic Violence - A Broader Look

How often does domestic violence happen? Because incidents of domestic violence are estimated to be dramatically underreported (as many as 70% of cases may go unreported) it’s difficult to know exactly how often it occurs in the U.S. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten.”

How often is the hotline used? The NCADV reports that, according to a 2013 survey, “On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide”

Who are the victims? Both men and women are victims of domestic abuse, although women are more likely than men to experience domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the U.S. “have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.”

How many victims? Estimates for the yearly total of victims of domestic violence range from 10 million a year to 12 million a year — that’s roughly 20 people every minute, reports the NCADV.

What about children? Children who live in a home where domestic violence occurs are also victims. According to Safe House, “more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year.” Growing up witnessing domestic violence can have detrimental effects on children’s’ emotional and physical development.

The Ultimate Tragedy

Each year, the Texas Council on Family Violence compiles a list of the women killed by their male intimate partners in Texas. TCFV collects the victim’s personal stories from newspapers and other sources so each story can be told.
Click Here to read more.

Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Abuse comes in many forms: physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, psychological, financial, and spiritual.

There are many signs of an abusive relationship, including when an intimate partner:

  • Hurts or threatens to hurt you;
  • Criticizes or humiliates you;
  • Creates fear and intimidation;
  • Acts jealous or controlling;
  • Threatens to hurt or take the children away; and
  • Tries to limit time with family or friends.

1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

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