Dallas, Texas – October 3, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today is pleased to honor and recognize Mayor Mike Rawlings for his outstanding efforts to rally thousands of men to stand up and speak out against domestic violence.

Each year, over 100 Texas women lose their lives to domestic violence.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the color for domestic violence advocacy.  We honor Mayor Rawlings with statewide “Go Purple” recognition and we challenge all of Texas to Go Purple and strive for a state where no woman is killed by a husband, partner, or boyfriend.

“The mayor’s initiative “Dallas Men Against Abuse” deserves statewide recognition for the outstanding efforts to combat violence in the home and bring public attention to an issue that is critically important to safety of all Texans,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s CEO.  “We praise Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings for his leadership supporting victims of domestic violence.”

We call on other mayor’s across the state to Go Purple and join Mayor Rawlings’ public advocacy to tell every man across our state, every young boy who will soon be a man — that violence is unacceptable and that men in our state speaking out is a critical part of demanding changes in actions and attitudes.

The Texas Council on Family Violence has been advocating for victims of domestic violence for 35 years.  As one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation, we lead efforts to end family violence at the statewide level.  Our partners include domestic violence shelters across the state.