HOUSTON, TX (October 2, 2021) – Today, the Astros Foundation hosted the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) at Minute Maid Park to share information from the Honoring Texas Victims Report 2020 – an annual report detailing all homicides related to the domestic violence in Texas – and to discuss how local entities are working to support survivors and address intimate partner violence in Harris County.
According to the TCFV report, last year there were more domestic violence-related deaths in Texas than any other year in the past decade, and a 23% increase from homicides in 2019. As of In total, 228 people were killed by their intimate partners in 68 Texas counties last year, and Harris County recorded the highest number of deaths with a loss of 37 people.
Other trends in domestic violence in the report include:
“Our hearts are heavy at TCFV to see the highest number of deaths over the past decade and how the pandemic has contributed to an increase in domestic violence across Texas,” said Mikisha Hooper, community response manager coordinated with TCFV. “The Honoring the Texas Victims report provides a broad perspective on intimate partner violence in Texas, allowing us to see where the issues lie in order to better address the safety of survivors and the accountability of offenders. The TCFV will continue to lead the way towards a safer Texas – our efforts target all sectors of leadership across Texas, from local courts to the Capitol, to ensure the voices of victims are heard.
This year marks the 3rd year that the Astros Foundation has partnered with TCFV to raise awareness, educate the community and prevent family violence in Houston.
The Astros Foundation is focused on creating healthy environments and a prosperous future for young people in the Houston area, particularly through the Astros Youth Academy. The Foundation harnesses the passion of baseball fans to support family violence prevention efforts aimed at young people so they can grow up knowing what healthy relationships should look like.
“Our commitment to use our voice and resources to raise awareness about domestic violence, a societal epidemic, is unwavering. Everyone should be able to be safe at home, ”said Twila Carter, executive director of the Astros Foundation. “Awareness and education equals prevention of domestic violence. The Astros Foundation proudly supports advocates, law enforcement and community leaders in addressing this issue. Collectively, we will work more closely to end domestic violence. “
Today’s rally at Minute Maid Park, which was one of the very first events of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, also brought together Houston Police Department Deputy Chief Patty Cantu and Director General for Domestic Violence Victim Support, Maisha Colter, as well as representatives of violence service providers.
“It’s not just a family affair anymore. It’s a community affair now, ”Cantu said. “It affects everyone. And for officers, some of our most dangerous scenes are when we respond to calls for domestic violence. “
“Today, the partnerships between non-domestic violence organizations and the TCFV are unprecedented and continue to grow year on year as people realize how deadly and damaging this problem is in our society. State, ”said Gloria Aguilera Terry, CEO of TCFV. “When we combine the megaphone of a major sports team like the Astros with an educational message about the impact of domestic violence, we raise awareness and change a massive city like Houston. The TCFV is extremely grateful to all of the organizations that champion this cause alongside us, and we invite others to join us on our journey to end these preventable and tragic homicides.