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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.

Download Domestic Violence Safety Plan

Protect Yourself

Always have a plan to keep yourself safe. Overcoming domestic violence is about control. Victims are often kept financially dependent on the abuser and isolated from family and friends. Leaving a domestic violence situation safely takes planning and preparation. It is important to involve your children and rehearse safety procedures with them. Alert school officials and trusted family and friends. Think about what documents, financial resources, and personal items you will need. Where will you stay?

Plan ahead for your safety

AVDA strongly urges you to explore Protective Orders and other legal ways of insuring your physical safety, financial wellbeing and protecting your children. For information about filing charges and the criminal justice system, about divorce and child custody/child support, assistance with safety planning, and referrals for shelter, counseling and other services, contact a Client Advocate at AVDA by calling 713-224-9911.

Know the importance of technology safety

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call AVDA at 713.224.9911 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224

Safe practices for using technology

We understand that technology of cell phones, and computers are constantly changing. Technology can provide you with a lot of information about family violence. You need to know that technology can also be used to endanger you.

  • Did you know that you can be monitored by someone’s computer without you knowing?
  • Did you know that the “history” cannot be completely erased from a computer?
  • Did you know that cell phone use can be monitored?
  • Did you know that a global positioning system (GPS) can be placed on your car, in your purse or in your cell phone?
  • Did you know the some court systems are placing court records online and that they may contain personal information?
  • Did you know that e-mail is like a postcard and can be intercepted?

 

Technology is a powerful tool for helping you stay safe but you need to know how it can also be used by an abusive person. If you have a cell phone, ask your company how to ensure you are not being monitored. Use a computer that the person you are afraid of does not have any access to.

Download Domestic Violence Safety Plan

1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

“AVDA is a very resourceful and helpful program. I would encourage and talk openly to anyone about it. Thank you for guiding me back to reality. I’ve learned a great deal of information regarding abuse and the many ways of abuse.”

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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.

Protect Yourself

Always have a plan to keep yourself safe. Overcoming domestic violence is about control. Victims are often kept financially dependent on the abuser and isolated from family and friends. Leaving a domestic violence situation safely takes planning and preparation. It is important to involve your children and rehearse safety procedures with them. Alert school officials and trusted family and friends. Think about what documents, financial resources, and personal items you will need. Where will you stay?

Plan ahead for your safety

AVDA strongly urges you to explore Protective Orders and other legal ways of insuring your physical safety, financial wellbeing and protecting your children. For information about filing charges and the criminal justice system, about divorce and child custody/child support, assistance with safety planning, and referrals for shelter, counseling and other services, contact a Client Advocate at AVDA by calling 713-224-9911.

Know the importance of technology safety

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call AVDA at 713.224.9911 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224

Safe practices for using technology

We understand that technology of cell phones, and computers are constantly changing. Technology can provide you with a lot of information about family violence. You need to know that technology can also be used to endanger you.

  • Did you know that you can be monitored by someone’s computer without you knowing?
  • Did you know that the “history” cannot be completely erased from a computer?
  • Did you know that cell phone use can be monitored?
  • Did you know that a global positioning system (GPS) can be placed on your car, in your purse or in your cell phone?
  • Did you know the some court systems are placing court records online and that they may contain personal information?
  • Did you know that e-mail is like a postcard and can be intercepted?

Technology is a powerful tool for helping you stay safe but you need to know how it can also be used by an abusive person. If you have a cell phone, ask your company how to ensure you are not being monitored. Use a computer that the person you are afraid of does not have any access to.

1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

“AVDA is a very resourceful and helpful program. I would encourage and talk openly to anyone about it. Thank you for guiding me back to reality. I’ve learned a great deal of information regarding abuse and the many ways of abuse.”

DONATE TODAY

Authorize.net Simple Checkout

DONATE

Safety alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid that your internet or computer usage might be monitored, use a safer computer, call your local hotline, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

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