The HHS Family Violence Program is joining local and national organizations during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness, boost prevention efforts and remember those who've been killed by an abusive partner.

You can show your support by wearing purple on Oct. 18.

The program aims to reduce and prevent family violence by supporting community-based services for adult survivors and their children. It provides funding to family violence organizations across the state for emergency assistance and support and prevention services for survivors.

"We know that leaving an abusive partner can be one of the most dangerous times for survivors of family violence," said Crystal Starkey, manager of the program. "We want to make sure services are available when survivors are ready to access them."

Family violence is most common among women between the ages of 18–24. In the past year, the program has worked to increase awareness of medical service providers working with pregnant women who have substance use disorders or who are being abused. Providers can get screening tools and other resources to help their patients on the Prenatal Screening for Domestic Violence and Substance Use website.

If you or a loved one needs help, call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit ndvh.org.

The program also partners closely with the Texas Council on Family Violence, a nonprofit that supports service providers and advocates for domestic violence survivors. See a map of all HHS-funded shelters and non-residential providers.

"The interactive map provides contact information for all HHSC-contracted family violence organizations," Program Specialist Cody Rothschild said. "This can be a useful tool for medical providers when assisting patients."

Every day in Texas, about 6,200 adult and child survivors of domestic and teen dating violence will receive services at a local domestic violence program. Another 1,700 might call seeking help to escape a violent situation, support or resources for themselves or a loved one.

Learn more at the Family Violence Program webpage. Send questions to familyviolence2@hhsc.state.tx.us or visit the Texas Council on Family Violence website to find activities for the month and other resources.