The Domestic Violence Task Force is made up of 40 plus members of various Dallas area agencies whose primary focus is the prevention and eradication of domestic violence and the support of victims. The Task Force’s current focus is on identifying potential lethality in domestic violence situations and ways to prevent lethality from occurring. The Task Force is also working to improve communication between the various departments on the taskforce.
Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army received new funding to support homeless prevention and residential stability for victims of domestic violence. The funding can be used for both rapid rehousing as well as to prevent homelessness. They do not have to be a recent victim of DV, just a self reported history. This funding is available as of April 1 and will continue through September 2021. To complete the eligibility screening, call 214-424-7045.
Families to Freedom
Families to Freedom will now support a ride to your domestic violence shelter for victims that originate in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex area. Whether she's 10 minutes away or an hour, we're here to make sure every victim can get to safety.
Oh, and rides are free.
We provide rides to any domestic violence shelter named on our website's Directory of Shelters.
But first a few details…
- The ride to your domestic violence shelter must be for the purpose of entering your shelter's program as an incoming resident. If she is an existing resident already part of your shelter's program, she is ineligible for a ride with Families to Freedom to return to the shelter.
- We must verify by a 3-way call to your hotline advocate that the victim seeking a ride is indeed accepted to your facility and is expected to arrive. The three people on the call will be someone from Families to Freedom, someone who answers the phone at your shelter, and the person requesting a ride from us to get there.
- We request to have our drivers bring your client to the shelter's property, and not in a store parking lot or police station to wait for a taxi or staff person. This might mean working with your staff to give them permission to confirm the address. Don't worry- we'll never have that discussion with the client on the phone before she arrives.
- We'll let your hotline staff know in advance what vehicle to expect and what our driver looks like. We'll also give an estimated time of arrival.
- For callers that are having a difficult time securing shelter in the DFW area, feel free to use our Directory of Shelters to expand her search beyond DFW, or you can refer/warm transfer that caller to us and we'll spend time with her on the phone looking for options.
Report Child Abuse
Unfortunately, child abuse and domestic violence are likely to increase during social isolation and economic hardships. Report child abuse either by phone 1-800-252-5400 or online at txabusehotline.org if you suspect a child may be in danger. Every adult in Texas is a mandatory reporter.
Protective Orders & Other Dallas County Domestic Violence Court Services
For domestic violence victims, advocacy screening and protective orders are now available by phone from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 214-653-3528. Temporary protective orders will be extended until physical hearings can be held.
Statements Regarding Custody from the Dallas Family Courts
- Dallas County Family Courts Joint Statement Regarding Health and Safety Concerns and Court Settings – Click Here
- Dallas County Standing Order Regarding Possession Schedule During School Closures – Click Here
- Dallas County Family District Courts' Joint Statement Re: Possession and Access During the March 22, 2020 Dallas County Amended Order to Stay Home, Stay Safe – Click Here
Domestic Violence Providers Needs
Genesis Women's Shelter
This is an unprecedented time across the world, and the needs at Genesis Women's Shelter are changing and evolving at a rapid pace. While many of us are currently practicing social distancing and staying inside our homes, victims of domestic violence who are trapped with abusers don't have the luxury of feeling safe. Can you help us now by joining us in our mission to end abuse? Here's how!
- Make a monetary donation – During this uncertain time, we are running into an increase of unexpected needs. The most impactful way you can help us is by making a monetary donation. Even a small contribution goes a long way in healing hurting and vulnerable populations. We are grateful for your invaluable support! Donate now.
- Give items – In response to the issues surrounding COVID-19, we are only able to accept specific in-kind items (food, cleaning items and toiletries) at this time. Click here to view our current list of needs. To coordinate delivery of supplies, please contact Mackenzie Duncan at email@example.com or 214.389.7775.
- For other ways to help, visit The Genesis Hub for ways to get involved, resources for survivors and the latest updates.
Families to Freedom
Families to Freedom is now offering free car rides for Dallas area victims to arrive to domestic violence shelters located in and around the Dallas area. In order to keep this service viable during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we need citizens who are brave enough, well enough, and willing to drive victims to safety. The option for orientation and driver training via video will be offered until mid-June. Prospective volunteers must be 21 years or older, have a clean criminal background, clean driving record, be a Dallas area resident, and able to attend a 3 hour training session. Details available at FamiliestoFreedom.org or by calling 972-885-7020.
From the community to help us fight COVID-19, we need disinfecting wipes to keep our vehicles clean after each ride. We also need gently used car seats, large suitcases, and office paper. These can be picked up from a donor's porch.
The Family Place
The Family Place is here to serve and provide resources for those in need. We continue to take clients in our emergency shelters regardless of their symptoms. Once housed we take steps to get them testing if appropriate, medical care if needed, and isolation if necessary.
In critical times, we are encouraged by how our community comes together to support one another. We need your financial support as we continue to provide safety and healing to victims of family violence.
SPCA of Texas
In an effort to reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread to more people via gatherings of people and protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff and volunteers, as well as our community, the SPCA of Texas is closing our shelters, clinics, mobile adoption and mobile wellness events to the public starting Wednesday, March 18 through at least Sunday, April 5.
Meanwhile, we will continue in our mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home and are redeploying resources to support what our community needs most, specifically:
- Animal care staff will continue to meet the daily needs of all of our shelter pets, who are not at risk of contracting or transmitting coronavirus.
- We will continue to offer Pet Resource Center assistance (primarily food and urgent medical assistance through our outside veterinary partners) to families that have been affected by illness and/or business closures due to the current novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please visit www.spca.org/prc for more information on how we may provide food, medical, housing, or other assistance for pets.
- Our Animal Cruelty Investigations team will continue to respond to inquiries and will intake animals on an emergency basis.
- We will take in alumni surrenders in the case of an emergency.
Annual Summary Report
Thank you to the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas for their research on the fourth Annual Summary Report on Domestic Violence in the City of Dallas. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this report possible: Communities Foundation, Dallas Women's Foundation, Mark Kay, and Verizon.
View the 2018 DV annual report.pdf to see trends in Domestic Violence in our community and what action our advocates have taken
View the 2018 DV Infographic.pdf to see a snapshot of the report
If you are in immediate danger, DIAL 9-1-1.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help raise awareness to end domestic violence. Take a stand. Be a voice. Show your support. Wear PURPLE.
For inquiries about the Domestic Violence Task Force or Paint the Town Purple, please contact the City Council office at (214) 670-3816 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org