Published by kstonebock on 25 May 2011
Partner to Protect Conference in Houston Seeks to Reduce the Number of Domestic Violence Deaths in Texas By Bringing Family Violence Programs and Law Enforcement Together
Houston, Texas – December 10, 2010 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) & the Houston Police Department today announced the launch of a new statewide law enforcement summit to examine the 111 fatalities of women killed in Texas, including 29 in Harris County in 2009.
“The Summit seeks the creation and fostering of dialogue with and among our state’s family violence programs and law enforcement leadership in order to forge strategies for the future of family violence response in Texas,” said Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo.
A new report released today by the Texas Council on Family Violence and compiled from data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas law enforcement agencies and media reports documents the deaths of the 111 women killed by an intimate partner in 2009.
“The greatest disservice we can do to the 111 women is to not learn from their deaths. Working side by side with law enforcement from counties that had experienced a fatality, we can challenge ourselves to further dialogue to reduce the number of women killed in violent domestic violence incidents in Texas,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s President. “In the past 30+ years, Texas has made significant progress in creating safe havens, gaining greater legal protections and establishing remarkable transitional services. However, family violence persists. We must continue to examine and strengthen strategies that build on these key foundational services.“
The new report lists names of those victims and gives brief accounts of their deaths.
- In 2009, 27 cases occurred where one or more children witnessed the death of their mother. The youngest child to be present was a 9-month-old baby in a bassinet.
- 38% of women were killed in a murder-suicide.
- 110 children are now without a mother or orphaned.
- The victim’s ages ranged from age 13 to 83. The majority of victims were between 20 and 40 years of age.
- Three counties with large urban cities had the highest number of women killed: Harris County, which includes the city of Houston, had the highest number of deaths. (29 Deaths)
- Montgomery County (2 Deaths)
- Fort Bend County (1 Death)
- Brazoria County (1 Death)
- Galveston County (5 Deaths)
Houston Area Women’s Center CEO Rebecca White, TCFV President Gloria Terry, HPD Executive Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo, a survivor of domestic violence and the Executive Director of The Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Pasadena, Deborah Moseley, will participate in a news conference to discuss the law enforcement summit.
Rina, a domestic violence victim who survived and escaped her abusive relationship will share her story of survival. ”For several years, I was in an unhealthy and unsafe relationship. I thought things would change and they only got worse. I had to leave. I finally felt safe when I went into shelter and my journey of healing and self-empowerment began,” said Rina. Continue Reading »