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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:pdf documentYes (4.71.001)
NIBRS Status:Certified
Additional IBR Elements:Yes
Law Enforcement DV System:Incident-based
Service Provider DV System:Incident-based
Service Provider SA System:Incident-based

State Summary

Texas has legislation the defines domestic violence, distinguishing dating violence from family violence. The statute does include relationships between same-sex individuals. The state is NIBRS certified, with about 58 of the 1,020 law enforcement agencies reporting incident-based data to the Texas Department of Public Safety UCR Program. All domestic violence incidents are flagged in the TIBRS database. Agencies that report summary data to the state submit Family Violence Report forms monthly. These reports are completed for each incident. All law enforcement agencies are also required to submit Family Violence Incident Status Reports, listing the total number of family violence incidents for the month. The Department uses the Status Reports to ensure that Family Violence Reports have been submitted for every reported incident. The collected information is published in the annual state crime report; a separate section of the report focuses on family violence. Information is available upon request.

The Texas Council on Family Violence maintains the National Domestic Violence Hotline and keeps track of the number of calls by state. Individual information is not collected. The Council does produce an annual report on the types of services provided to victims. The only sexual assault data collected by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault was from a random telephone survey of 1,200 adult Texans conducted in 2003. Findings of this survey were published in a report, which is available from their Web site.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission collects data from 92 agencies throughout the state, including both family violence agencies and non-residential programs. Agencies enter victim information directly into the Integrated Tracking System for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Programs database. The Commission also requires quarterly narrative reports and monthly statistics reports. Data may be available upon request.

The Attorney General's Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services division also uses the Integrated Tracking System to report domestic and sexual violence client information from all funded programs. The Attorney General's Victims' Compensation Services division collects data from victim applications and publishes this information by type of crime in an annual report. The annual report is available on their Web site.

County and District Attorney's Offices have victims complete Victim Impact Statements, which are then sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Service Division. The Division contacts victims to inform them of the outcome of the case and status of the offender. The Attorney Offices also complete semiannual Victim Impact Statement Activity Reports, which summarize the number of impact statements taken by offense and month. These data are only for internal use. A statistical report is published that includes information on offenders that are incarcerated or placed on supervision. These statistics are listed by offense type.

The Women's Advocacy Project collects domestic violence and sexual assault data from statewide victim hotlines. Caller information is logged on an intake worksheet and then entered into the database. Information is available upon request. The Governor's Commission for Women does not collect data but rather uses data from the Council on Family Violence. The Commission did survey law enforcement officers about their experiences responding to domestic violence incidents; a report is available from their Web site.

State Projects

  • Child and Adolescent Counseling Program Evaluation for SafePlace
    The Child and Adolescent Counseling Program at SafePlace provides counseling to children and adolescents who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. Services provided to clients include individual counseling, play therapy with younger children, crisis intervention, long-term counseling, and peer support groups. Given current services offered, the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be conducting an evaluation of the program's assessment tools and observation methods to assess their suitability for evaluating client outcomes.

  • Evaluation of the BabySafe Program
    TThis project's purpose is to evaluate the BabySafe Program, an outreach program for pregnant women who are experiencing domestic violence, offered by SafePlace, Austin, TX. Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault project staff will refine measures to evaluate two components of the BabySafe program: 1) training offered to medical and professional staff by BabySafe program staff, and 2) the impact of the program and the achievement of program objectives, if needed. After data analysis, the principal investigator and project staff will produce a final report.

  • Family con Voz
    This Migrant Clinicians Network project is a peer-led family violence community education project in Maverick and Presidio counties, empowering community members to become advocates, or promotoras, who speak out against family violence.

  • Program Representing Immigrant Survivors of Abuse
    PRISA began in 1995 as an initiative of the Political Asylum Project of Austin to provide immigration legal services to battered immigrants and children. Project staff provide outreach and education to social service providers, members of the faith community and law enforcement officials on the legal remedies available to battered immigrants under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and their role and responsibility as advocates for immigrant victims of domestic violence.

  • President's Family Justice Center Initiative
    The PFJCI is a pilot program administered by the Office on Violence Against Women that has awarded more than $20 million to 15 communities across the country for the planning, development, and establishment of comprehensive domestic violence victim service and support centers. The goal of the PFJCI is to make a victim's search for help and justice more efficient and effective by bringing professionals who provide an array of services together under one roof. The Bexar County Family Justice Center provides services from a variety of on-site partners.

  • Available Reports

    General Crime Statistics

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Sample Data Collection Forms

    The Texas Department of Public Safety collects information from law enforcement using two forms:

    The Health and Human Services Family Violence Program collects:

    The Attorney General's Victims' Compensation Services unit collects individual information using this form:

    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Victim Services Division collects information on victims using two forms:

    The Women's Advocacy Project enters data directly into a database that collects the following information:

    Available Data

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Links to State Agencies and Resources