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Published by admin on 21 Mar 2012

Texans Celebrate Women’s Health Day

On March 20, The Texas Council on Family Violence commemorated the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a presentation of national and statewide speakers. The discussion highlighted the benefits of the ACA and the need for access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for women, survivors of gender based violence and all residents of Texas and the United States. Speakers included: Gloria Terry, TCFV President; Courtney Sanchez, a Domestic Violence Survivor; Marjorie Petty, Regional Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI and Cheasty Anderson, Community Health Care Coordinator at the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

“Texas has one of the highest rates of uninsured people,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “The Center for Disease Control has identified that intimate partner violence affects health in many ways. Women who have been victimized by an intimate partner and children raised in violent households are more likely to experience a wide array of physical and mental health conditions,” said Terry. Domestic Violence survivor Courtney Sanchez spoke at today’s event to explain how the new federal health care law will make it easier for victims of domestic violence to have access to health care. “The 2014 Affordable Health Care Act will help to eliminate one of the largest obstacles to self-sufficiency for survivors of domestic violence, “ said Sanchez. “This law will help alleviate some of the stress associated with obtaining proper health care for survivors and their families.”

This event at TCFV was one of many around the nation celebrating the expanding health care access.


Published by admin on 19 Mar 2012

Texas Council on Family Violence and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Strongly Encourage Texas Senators John Cornyn & Kay Bailey Hutchison to Stay at the Table to Negotiate a Bipartisan Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Failure Cannot be an Option.

For Immediate Release

ANGELA HALE, 512.289.2995,

Austin, Texas – March 19, 2012– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) jointly call on Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and all members of Congress to stay at the table to forge a bi-partisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Since its passage in 1994, Congress has continued to invest in our nation’s most robust federal response to addressing violence against women in a coordinated community-based approach. Inclusive of law enforcement, prosecutors, the courts, and victim services, VAWA funds innovation and direct services in response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Last year alone, Texas utilized $8.8 million in VAWA funding. This federal leadership and funding fostered safety for the 11,833 adult victims and 14,578 children that sought shelter from domestic violence programs in fiscal year 2011. Rape crisis centers used VAWA and other funding to serve victims by answering nearly 34,000 sexual assault hotline calls to Texas rape crisis centers and serving more than 15,000 sexual assault victims through support groups.]

“Failure in negotiating a bipartisan reauthorization cannot be an option,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison have supported VAWA reauthorization during their entire time in office and we thank them.” Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director of TAASA added, “Moreover, their support for safeguarding federal funding has allowed for level funding and modest increases even in light of challenging fiscal realities.”

TCFV and TAASA encourage Cornyn and Hutchison to continue supporting VAWA during this reauthorization by working with their Senate colleagues in a manner the separates VAWA from Washington politics. Texas victims of domestic violence, dating violence sexual assault, and stalking look to their Senators for this leadership.


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.

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is the statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas. A non-profit educational and advocacy organization based in Austin, TAASA member agencies comprise a statewide network of more than 80 crisis centers that serve rural as well as metropolitan areas. Founded in 1982, the agency has a strong record of success in community education, legal services, youth outreach, law enforcement training, legislative advocacy, and curricula and materials development. Additional information about TAASA can be found at

Published by abuentello on 08 Mar 2012

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