Welcome to Texas Advocacy Project’s blog! Get involved in the fight against domestic violence today.

April 15th, 2014 § 3 comments

Domestic violence. Sexual assault.  Stalking.   Not issues typically discussed at cocktail parties or over the water cooler.  For many, they fit in with the “never discuss politics or religion” category that could potentially create uncomfortable debate. People squirm, fidget, and more often than not, desperately try to change the subject.  And yet, in 2012 in the state of Texas alone, there were over 188,000 instances of domestic violence, 114 women killed at the hands of a family member or domestic partner, and over 25,000 adults and children sheltered for protection (Texas Council on Family Violence).  These are not numbers that can be ignored. Thankfully, Texas Advocacy Project, among the many services it provides, removes the stigma of shame from victims and survivors, and brings these topics out of the shadows and into the light.   In doing so, clients feel empowered to step forward and change the trajectory of their lives.  Granted, that is a difficult step to take, but they are not alone.

For over thirty years, Texas Advocacy Project has been providing free legal services statewide to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. That is a strong mission statement, made even more powerful when you begin to think of the specific women, men, and children whose lives are literally saved by The Project. The purpose of our blog is to provide insight into the “what it looks like” of the mission statement.  Readers will hear from clients, survivors, and attorneys who are working tirelessly to advocate for our clients.  You will also hear the voices of community leaders, volunteers, and guest authors from legal and political professions around the state.  You will hear about success stories, as well as stories that didn’t have the ending we had hoped for. It is our goal to create a community of readers who are interested in a dialogue about the issues surrounding domestic violence, and the role the legal system plays in protecting its citizens from being victimized in this way.  We will break down the cycle of violence, answering questions like, “Why don’t they just leave?” We will examine moral dilemmas, explore policy issues, and discuss the importance of partnering with other agencies statewide.  It is also our hope that you will bring up other topics for further discussion and exploration by participating in the conversation.

We so look forward to hearing from you and sharing with you the work we do at Texas Advocacy Project.  Please subscribe, leave comments, suggestions, questions, and please spread the word about our mission to end domestic violence.  We encourage a healthy, honest dialogue,  and often debate.   Check back in often.  We’ll be here!

For more information about The Project, please visit our website at www.texasadvocacyproject.org.

 

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§ 3 Responses to Welcome to Texas Advocacy Project’s blog! Get involved in the fight against domestic violence today."

  • Looking forward to the blog!

  • Elena says:

    Because of my stalker, I have been left with my life torn to shambles. I am a 48 year old woman with a master’s degree yet I have no stability and no hope financial recovery after moving 9 times in 3-1/2 years. I also have a slew of black marks on my credit due to my stalker, ex-husband, filing bankruptcy (for him) and a number of medical bills and IRS bills he was supposed to pay in our divorce agreement, which he hasn’t. I also had no lawyer during my divorce and he had three and I was stuck 100% with my $50k student loan. I am now safe so it is only now that I can start working on recovering from the impact of his insidious behavior, the threats of my life. Can anyone give me any advice on how to get some financial support? Problem is I lived in Illinois during my marriage and the divorce was filed in IL. I have lived in 3 states since then. I have no roots in TX but I think this is where I am going to stay. I have been here almost 2 years and love it. I know this program is to help legally and had I known about this then, maybe I could have gotten some help BEFORE I was divorced. Instead, I got the short end of the stick, again! Thanks.

  • Texas Advocacy Project says:

    Elena,

    Thank you for sharing your story. We are relieved to hear that you are now safe from the crimes of your stalker, and we respect your courage as you begin on a road of emotional and economic recovery. It is always heartbreaking to hear that so many women are unaware of – or unable to attain – free legal help during one of their greatest moments of need. In fact, a big motivation in starting this blog is to increase awareness of our services for those affected by family violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

    The best way to determine if our organization is able to help in your specific circumstance is to call our hotline at 1-800-374-HOPE. Again, thank you for being a part of the conversation! We hope to hear from you soon!

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