Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse – a private, non-profit organization that has been serving families trapped in the cycle of family violence since 1980. Only AVDA works to break this cycle by intervening with both the victim and the abuser. AVDA operates two direct-service programs unique to Harris County. The Legal Advocacy Program offers free legal representation for adults and children trapped in abusive intimate-partner or family relationships and the nationally recognized Battering Intervention and Prevention Program provides specialized psycho-educational counseling which enables batterers to recognize, accept responsibility for and end their abusive behavior, Houston, TX.
Asian Family Support Services of Austin (formerly SAHELI) – a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. Our mission is to promote abuse-free Asian communities through advocacy, support, awareness and access to social services. AFSSA envisions healthy, abuse-free Asian communities. AFSSA specifically addresses the cultural and language needs of Asian and other immigrant families affected by domestic violence. Our values and mission are reflected in our programs, which integrate culture and language specific direct services, educational programs, and community-based initiatives and advocacy, Austin, TX.
for Public Policy Priorities – a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. CPPP pursues this mission through independent research, policy analysis and development, public education, advocacy, and technical assistance, Austin, TX. Review Annual Report, 2010.
Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas – the statewide membership association representing all local children’s advocacy centers in the Lone Star state. Founded in 1994 with a membership of 13 local centers, today the CACTX membership roster includes 69 developing and established centers in large urban cities as well as in small rural communities. Our membership reflects the vast diversity of Texas, all with their own unique approaches to fulfilling our shared mission of protecting and providing for children, Austin, TX. Read 2014 in Review.
Children's Justice Act – brings together child-protection and criminal justice experts to improve the state's response to cases of child abuse and neglect, Austin, TX.
Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Family Violence Division – created in September of 1994, making it one of the first DA’s Offices in the nation to provide specialized prosecutors, investigators and advocates for all Family Violence cases prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office. To contact the Family Violence Division, please call 214-653-3528, Dallas, TX.
Dallas County Sexual Assault Coalition – established in 2001 to provide a forum to assess, explore and recommend better outcomes for victims / survivors of sexual violence. Members include law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office, medical and mental health agencies and many area non-profit agencies providing victim services, Dallas, TX. Visit Facebook page.
Dallas Domestic Violence Legal Help Center – providing legal services to victims of domestic violence in need of quality representation in the Dallas County civil justice system, Dallas, TX.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – assesses, serves active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs. DVBIC fulfills this mission through ongoing collaboration with military VA and civilian health partners, local communities, families and individuals with TBI, Washington, DC.
24 / 7 Outreach Center
Fort Hood and San Antonio MMC, TX locations
Disabled Crime Victims Assistance, Inc. – is committed to assisting the disabled crime victim and their families and promoting awareness of their specialized needs to those who serve victims and the community. DCVA primarily serves persons with disabilities and coordinates with other available services for crime victims. DCVA is continuing to develop resources to increase services. We truly appreciate your time and consideration in helping us to achieve our goals, Fort Worth, TX.
Domestic Violence Clinic, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law – students represent victims of domestic violence with a variety of civil legal problems including custody, divorce, visitation, housing, consumer, public assistance, and procurement of protective orders. Students sit "first chair," and are responsible for all tasks associated with their cases. They meet with clients, draft pleadings, interview witnesses, draft and respond to discovery, take depositions, negotiate settlements, and conduct trials, Austin, TX.
Family Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children – answers questions from parents and caregivers about CPS issues. Call the Family Helpline at (844) 888-6565 with your CPS-related questions. The helpline is open, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Spanish speaking services are also available, Austin, TX.
Get Child Support Safely – Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division and Texas Council on Family Violence have collaborated to develop this website to assist victims of family violence obtain child support services as safely as possible, Austin, TX.
GivingCity – is the guide to doing good in Austin. A project of the Austin Community Foundation, we offer actionable community content with the goal of connecting more Central Texans to philanthropy and improving communication and collaboration across the community. Through stories, profiles, first-person essays, and in-depth features we offer volunteers, donors, philanthropists, nonprofit professionals, and anyone interested in civic engagement the information – and inspiration – they need to do good, Austin, TX.
"Understand Domestic Violence", January 2011
Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Center for Social Work Research, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin – the mission is to advance the knowledge base related to domestic violence and sexual assault in an effort to end violence. IDVSA accomplishes this through supporting research on domestic violence and sexual assault and by providing training, technical assistance, and information dissemination to the practitioner community and the community at large. It is the vision of IDVSA that its multi-disciplinary, researcher-practitioner, collaborative approach will enhance the quality and relevance of research efforts and their application in service provision, Austin, TX.
Houston Sexual Assault Kit Research ~ A Multidisciplinary Project, National Institute of Justice.
Lawyer Referral Information Service, State Bar of Texas – will help you find a lawyer or agency that best matches your legal needs. Please be aware that we are a referral service, and we cannot give legal advice. We refer you to a lawyer who can help.
Call 800-252-9690 (toll free), Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, CT. The call-in service is closed on legal holidays. We also have phone services in Spanish.
Contact online: To get a referral 24/7, use the new online service.
Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas – a non-profit public service established in 1966. Austin Lawyer Referral refers about 12,000 callers to the Central Texas attorneys each year. The program was designed to assist persons who are able to pay normal attorney fees but whose ability to locate legal representation is frustrated by a lack of experience with the legal system, a lack of information about the type of services needed, or a fear of the potential costs of seeing a lawyer. The Lawyer Referral Service offers two important services to the public: 1) it helps the client determine if the problem is truly of a legal nature by screening inquiries and referring the client to other service agencies when appropriate; and 2) most important, it provides the client with an unbiased referral to an attorney who has experience in the area of law appropriate to the client’s needs, Austin, TX.
LGBT Switchboard (formerly Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston) – has been on the line for Houston's GLBT community since 1982. A service of The Montrose Center, the LGBT Switchboard continues to rely upon dedicated and specially trained volunteers to sustain itself. With support, the Montrose Center and the Switchboard remain vital links to LGBT individuals throughout Southeast Texas who have become targets of domestic violence and sexual assault. Anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, may contact the Switchboard if they have become a hate crime target, Houston, TX.
Lone Star Legal Aid – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm with a rich and deeply respected history of advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations, beginning with the Houston Legal Aid Clinic in 1948 and East Texas Legal Services in 1977. Both programs were created for the same purpose: equalizing access to justice for low-income persons who otherwise would not be able to afford an attorney to protect their rights and help meet basic needs. LSLA has a proud tradition of successful client-centered work, and, historically, the firm has won victories that affect not only the client who initially presented with a particular issue, but groups of low-income people on community, state, and national levels when the firm's actions have resulted in systemic policy and procedural changes, such as public housing desegregation and health care access for children, Houston, TX. Review Sexual Violence Survivors Deserve Justice.
P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (English / Español) – Putting and End to Abuse throughCommunity Efforts. Our mission is to educate the community about the extent, and often-deadly consequences of domestic violence and to respond effectively through collaborative efforts, San Antonio, TX.
SAFE Alliance – a partnership of the Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace. SAFE and our founding partners provide an array of abuse prevention and intervention services and programs, Austin, TX.
Announcing SAFE's Alumni Community Services Program!, June 16, 2017.
Share – the Deaf Services staff are culturally Deaf and fluent in ASL. Deaf, hard-of-hearing or Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or rape can get free and confidential services.
Services ASAP: A Safety Awareness Program – provides training and education to help increase awareness about and prevent sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Through custom designed presentations and trainings for disability service providers, domestic and sexual violence staff and criminal justice personnel, the program offers technical assistance and consultation to individuals and organizations seeking guidance to reduce the risks of abuse against individuals with disabilities or to enhance accessibility to persons with disabilities.
SafePlace Walk honors family that meant so much to Luci Baines Johnson (introduction), Nicole Villalpando, Austin American-Statesman, February 21, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Cox Media Group.
Sexual Assault Legal Services & Assistance (English and Español) – established to provide free, confidential legal assistance to all survivors of sexual violence throughout Texas. SALSA is a project of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and the Texas Legal Services Center. Our combined experience providing free legal services and supporting sexual assault victims throughout the state make SALSA uniquely qualified to provide you with the best legal assistance available. We firmly believe you have the right to make your own decisions, and we are eager to hear how we can assist you. When you are ready, contact us at 1-888-343-4414, Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm, Houston, TX. Read opening news release.
Texas Advocacy Project (formerly Women's Advocacy Project) – a statewide nonprofit legal organization that promotes access to justice for Texas women and children in need. Started in 1982 as a legal hotline, the agency has evolved as an expert on legal issues affecting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and now provides a range of services that promote the use of legal protections to end violence against women, Austin, TX.
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (English and Español) – committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention, and advocacy. In the meantime, we desire to support survivors on their paths to hope, healing and justice. TAASA is the voice of the sexual assault movement in Texas. We are a unifying force bringing together parties involved in and affected by sexual assault as a catalyst for change, Austin, TX.
Turn Texas Teal, 2016.
Texas Council on Family Violence – works to end violence against women through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men, Austin, TX.
Honoring Texas Victims ~ Family Violence Fatalities (1998 - through current year)
NNEDV Names TCFV Gloria Terry, CEO, to National Board, October 8, 2013
Serving Texas Families: 2015 Statewide Directory of Family Violence Service Programs
Support Full Funding for Family Violence Programs ~ 85th Session Legislative Agenda, January 2017
TCFV Tribute to the Women and Men in the Texas Movement to End Family Violence, 2012
Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination, updated February 2013
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Assistance Division
Battering Intervention and Prevention Program
Battering Intervention and Prevention Program Accreditation Guidelines, April 2014
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – protects children and adults who are elderly or have disabilities and regulates child care, Austin, TX.
Annual Report and Data Book (1986-current)
Child Protective Services Practice Model, 2015. See Practice Model ~ Practice Guides.
Evaluation & Treatment
Senate Bill 1, Rider 45, 85th Legislature, Regular Session ~ Study to Develop Standards for the Placement Capacity for Victim of Sex Trafficking Served by DFPS, April 2018.
Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX.
Texas Public Sex Offender Registry
Victim Services – dedicated to providing direct, personal service to victims and their families throughout Texas. Contact Victim Services at 512-424-2211.
Texas District & County Attorneys Association – a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Texas prosecutors and their staffs, as well as attorneys in government representation. TDCAA serves the people who work in the district and county attorneys offices around the state by: 1) producing comprehensive continuing legal education courses for prosecutors, their investigators and key personnel; 2) providing technical assistance to the prosecution community and related criminal justice agencies; and 3) serving as a liaison between prosecutor and other organizations in the day to day administration of criminal justice, Austin, TX. See Training Calendar.
Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation – funding civil legal service for low-income Texans, Austin, TX.
Texas Gun Free Businesses – an alphabetical list of Gun Free Businesses that will prohibit Open Carry in Texas as of January 1, 2016. It is being continuously updated.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission – works to improve client services, use every public dollar efficiently, and focus on real results and accountability. We continuously strive to improve services and manage costs by listening to our partners and the people we serve and by putting innovation and new technology into practice, Austin, TX.
Family Violence Program – services to victims of family violence are provided through contracts with family violence centers and programs located throughout Texas. The shelter centers provide temporary shelter and nonresident services for victims of family violence and their children. The nonresidential centers provide the same services, except shelter, for victims. To be eligible for services, a client must be physically, emotionally, or sexually abused by a partner, former partner, or another family or household member. Information and referral also is available for the batterer.
Task Force to Address the Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect Report, September 1, 2012
Texas Legal Services Center – a non-profit legal office which provides assistance and training to poverty law advocates and their clients in the areas of litigation support, education and communication. TLSC sponsors projects that assist individuals in Texas and, in some cases, nationwide, Austin, TX.
CPS Family Helpline – answers parents and caregivers questions about CPS issues. Call the Family Helpline at (844) 888-6565 with your CPS-related questions. Commonly asked questions on the helpline include things such as: What is involved in a CPS investigation? What are Family Based Services? What is Kinship Care? Will I need a lawyer? The Family Helpline is answered by lawyers with CPS experience. Callers will receive legal information and education, but not legal advice or legal representation. Questions about the CPS process will be explained to callers in everyday language. Ask us about referrals to local resources that benefit children, families, and the community at large. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am to 6 pm CT.
Texas Veteran's Legal Assistance Project – a statewide project to expand the availability of legal assistance to low-income Texas Veterans and their families, with a focus on outreach to the disabled Veterans who live in rural areas of the state. There is no charge for our service, which is provided by telephone to eligible Veterans, at 1-800-622-2520, Option 2.
Texas Line of Duty Deaths, Officer Down Memorial Page – a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes. More than 20,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States and it is with great honor that the ODMP pays a lasting tribute to each of these officers by preserving their memories within its pages. All who visit the ODMP will be deeply moved by the countless stories of selfless courage and heroism exhibited by officers who lost their lives while serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation, Fairfax, VA.
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation – in 2005, against the backdrop of a post-9/11 world, a diverse group of Muslim women representing different countries came together to launch Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation. Our goal: as Muslim women, to stand for peace and to make a positive contribution to the community in which we live. From that meeting, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation was born, along with our mission to empower all women and their families. We believe that by promoting and supporting women and their families, we can build stronger communities based in cultural awareness and understanding, Plano, TX.
Texas Network of Youth Services – an organization of 60 nonprofit youth service agencies and private individuals who share the common goal of creating better options and improving available services for youth and families in crisis, Austin, TX.
Texas State Directory – is the premier source for state, county and city elected officials. It features expanded content from the print version of the directory, is continuously updated, and can be easily searched to locate key decision makers in Texas government, Austin, TX.
Texas Veterans Commission – created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. Our purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation's armed forces, Austin, TX.
Texas Victim Services Association – a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services. TVSA promotes the delivery of a full range of consistent, high-quality, professional services to crime victims, their families, and communities, Austin, TX.
Texas Woman's University Veterans & Military Resources, Denton, TX.
TexVet: Partners Across Texas – focusing on making it easier for military members and their families to find help. The resources identified through TexVet are meant for anyone who is serving or has served in any branch of the military, as well as the family members and others who care about a service member. TexVet is also a forum for collaboration between government agencies and private organizations and businesses that are serving and supporting the military and their families and their communities.
Upbring – the mission is “To break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities” focuses on improving long-term outcomes for all Texas children and reducing recidivism in child abuse by focusing on five key markers that we know will forge a path to a future free from abuse. This requires an entirely new way of thinking; and requires the whole community to be involved, Austin, TX.
Welcome Home ~ Veterans' Resources Directory, City of Austin Veterans Program Initiative, Austin, TX.