Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is committed to helping you find a local family violence program and providing you with internet resources about family violence.

BE SAFE

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 your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224

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.

Where you can get help

  • To find the closest family violence program in your area in Texas, please search the Service Directory.
  • You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or www.loveisrespect.org

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Childcare

  • Parents with children under the age of 13 participating in Texas Workforce Center programs such as job placement and training programs may be able to receive childcare assistance. Parents have the right to determine the type of childcare is best for their children such as from child care centers, found below, or relative care.
  • The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) lists child care centers in Texas for children of all ages and all levels of abilities.

Housing

  • Protections and options for survivors of family violence are available in Texas.
    Click here for more information.
  • Survivors in Texas may have their gas, electric and telephone deposits waived.
    Click here for more information.


Employment

  • People in Texas can search for jobs at the Texas Workforce Commission.
  • Texas Workforce Centers are located throughout Texas. At these Centers you can access job placement, training programs and other career services.
  • Parents with children under the age of 13 participating in Texas Workforce Center programs such as job placement and training programs may be able to receive childcare assistance. Parents have the right to determine the type of childcare is best for their children such as from child care centers, found below, or relative care.
  • Unemployment Insurance can also benefit you if you have recently lost your job.
  • Crime Victims’ Compensation provides victims of violent crime financial assistance for crime-related expenses such as relocation, counseling, loss of earnings and medical expenses.


Public Benefits

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides a monthly cash grant linked to an individual’s participation in work activities. However, if you’re a survivor of family violence, the Family Violence Option may exempt you from certain requirements such as applying for child support, paternity establishment, and work activities and time limits, if it would put you in danger.
  • The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)  food benefits (formally known as Food Stamps) helps people with low incomes buy food they need to ensure good health. To apply for SNAP contact your local HHSC office or by calling 2-1-1.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, referrals to health and human services, breastfeeding support, and immunizations (at some clinics) for low-income pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age, women who have had a baby in the past six months, and parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children. WIC clients receive vouchers for certain food items that they can use at grocery stores throughout the state.  Food benefits are issued for each client. Please see addtional WIC eligibility requirements. To begin your application for WIC services you may call 1 (800) WIC-FORU [1 (800) 942-3678], Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to obtain the telephone number and address of a WIC clinic that is close to where you live.
  • You may apply online, in person, or by calling 2-1-1 for the following public benefits including SNAP food benefits, health care benefits (Medicaid), TANF, Medicare savings program, and long-term care.

Health Insurance

  • Texas families with uninsured children may be able to receive CHIP or Children’s Medicaid.
  • Medicaid is a health insurance program for needy individuals. Most people have to go to a Benefits Office to fill out an application for Medicaid, however, if you’re a victim of family violence a caseworker at the Benefits Office can speak to you over the phone or come to your house. To find the closest Benefits Office click here.
  • Dentistry- Atlanta Smiles Foundation provides survivors of family violence dental and facial reconstruction surgery. Although the Foundation is based in Georgia, Dr. Dina Geisler is from the Houston area and gives referrals to survivors in Texas.

Scholarships for School

  • Women’s Independence Scholarship Program provides scholarships for survivors of family violence in critical financial need. It is necessary to be working with a local family violence program to complete the application. To find the family violence program closest to you, please search the service directory.

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