For Immediate Release
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223-Thousand Texans called a Hotline and 80-Thousand Texans Used Domestic Violence Services Because They Did Not Feel Safe in Their Home

Austin, Texas- October 2, 2012 – The Texas Council on Family Violence today reports that many shelters across Texas have been over capacity in the last year because of an increased demand for victims of domestic violence seeking services. In the last year, more than 223,000 Texans called domestic violence hotlines and domestic violence programs served more than 80,000 adults and children because they did not feel safe in their home. A recent survey of shelters also reported that there is less money coming in to help victims of domestic violence and more of a demand for their services.

Courtney Sanchez, a domestic violence survivor from Austin says, “After having to make this decision to leave, survivors are often greeted by the frightening realization that the shelter from which they are seeking refuge is full and cannot take them and their children in because there are no vacancies at which time they are placed on a waiting list.”

To raise awareness during the month of October, The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) will be participating in a series of events to raise awareness about domestic violence and will hold a forum with agencies and organizations of Tarrant County Council on Family Violence on the Texas Christian University campus on October 2nd. TCFV President, Gloria A. Terry, will open the evening and Mary Lee Hafley, SafeHaven CEO, will close the evening. The Safe City Commission will also have artwork on display done by local middle and high school students.

TCFV is also encouraging Texans to get involved and wear purple this month to support victims of domestic violence. “Budgets are tight and services for victims of domestic violence are in high demand. We are asking Texans to support funding for victims of domestic violence and to “Go Purple” on October 15th and show their support. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the month provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness about domestic violence across Texas,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.

Attached is a list of some of the events across Texas:

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The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), formed in 1978, is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation. TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence.