Supporting safe relationships in Central Texas
What you can do today:
- Learn what safe relationships look like and the warning signs of violence
- Prepare to engage with safety planning and upstander training
- Support safety with your time, money, and donated items
Intimate relationships matter. They help provide the connections every person needs to thrive. But when abuse enters the relationship, it’s not always clear what’s happening or what to do. As of 2021, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. And the widespread lifestyle changes brought on by COVID-19 have increased the stress that contributes to violence and decreased the interactions that can interrupt abuse.
It doesn’t have to be this way—and we can all help make Central Texas safe for partners and families.
The Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force brings together local government, community organizations (including SAFE), advocates, and first responders to coordinate and amplify efforts that reduce and prevents family violence and promote safety. We invite you to join us this October and all year round by learning, preparing, and showing up for safe relationships.
Events – Sign up, show up, shop!
- Check out the many DVAM events organized by the Asian Family Support Services of Austin: https://www.afssaustin.org/events/
- Monday, Oct. 25 @ 12pm-1:30pm: Sign up HERE for virtual upstander training with The SAFE Alliance
- Thursday, Oct. 28 @ 7:00pm: Attend Texas Stars hockey game with $5 from each ticket benefiting Family Violence Task Force
- Friday, Oct. 29 from 4-6pm: Shop at Kendra Scott in person at 3800 N Lamar Blvd and 20% of proceeds benefit Family Violence Task Force
- Friday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 30 at MIDNIGHT: Continue to shop at Kendra Scott online and 20% of proceeds benefit Family Violence Task Force; please use the Web Code GIVEBACK-AJIEU
Domestic violence awareness in our community
- The Texas Council on Family Violence released their Honoring Texas Victims report showing the fatal impacts of domestic violence across our state and within affected counties. You can find that report HERE.
More ways to engage around Austin
- Donations of used cell phones for 9-1-1 calls will be accepted at the Central Library (710 W. Cesar Chavez) throughout the month and at the Texas Stars hockey game on October 28. You can learn more about all the places accepting cell phones here: DVAM 2021 Cell Phone Donation – Where and Why
- Buildings around town will light up purple to shine a light on domestic violence
Meet our members
Thank you to all the leaders and organizations serving our community to support safe relationships and healing from violence.
- Travis County Sheriff’s Office
- Austin Police Department
- City of Austin
- Travis County
- The SAFE Alliance
- Texas Workforce Commission
- Austin/Travis Co. Family Violence Task Force
- Travis County Community Justice Services: Pretrial Services & Adult Probation
- Travis County Attorney’s Office
- Texas Advocacy Project
- Travis County District Attorney’s Office
- Constable Precinct 5
- Texas Municipal Police Association
For more information about the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force, join the Light Up Purple campaign, or to connect for any reason please contact ATCFamilyViolenceTaskForce@gmail.com.