Texas Council on Family Violence Calls on Texans to Support Full Funding for Family Violence Services in Purple Postcard Campaign at State Capitol

Austin, Texas — The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is teaming up with legislators, law enforcement, judges, family violence services advocates and interested Texans to send a message of support for full funding for family violence services. Over the past several weeks, TCFV has collected thousands of purple postcards from state domestic violence programs, survivors of domestic violence and voters. The postcards will now be delivered to legislators in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives to underscore the importance of full funding for family violence services. Advocates, allies and survivors of family violence use the color purple to symbolize their work to end violence within families.

“Full funding is an especially critical issue for the 81st legislature because of the economic challenges Texas programs are facing,” said Gloria Terry, President of TCFV. “In 2007, more than 180,000 domestic violence incidents were reported in Texas, so it is imperative that we continue to fund core services for immediate crisis needs and build services that will help prevent and eliminate this serious crime.”

State Senator Jane Nelson, Representative Dawnna Dukes, David Russell, VP of External Affairs for Verizon Communications, Courtney Sanchez, a survivor of family violence, and members of TCFV will participate in a news conference talking about the importance of full funding for family violence services. David Russell will also turn in his purple postcard to Senator Nelson, who represents his District in North Texas. Members of TCFV will then deliver thousands of postcards to legislators throughout the State Capitol.

For more information about the purple postcard campaign you may contact TCFV at 512.794.1133 or log onto www.tcfv.org.

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), formed in 1978, is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation. TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence.