Violence at home too often erupts into neighborhoods, workplaces and indeed places of worship. These heartbreaking domestic violence related murders over the weekend tear at the very fabric of Texas. Moreover, in Texas in the last year, women lost their lives at the hands of a male intimate partner, an additional 24 children and adults were killed in those incidents. Also in , Texas experienced eight incidents of familicide — a significant increase from the prior year total of zero, where perpetrators killed their children and partner before killing themselves.
We continue to underestimate the reach and devastation of domestic violence. Seeing it only as a microcosm, as something that happens privately between two people. Yet domestic violence thrives in the silence and obliviousness we give it. Only when we confront the very conditions which allow domestic violence to exist will our homes, public spaces and places of worship be truly safe.
Texas Council on Family Violence is the only c 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence.
With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http: Fatalities occurred in 55 Texas counties. This represents the largest number of related victims since Every year more than women are killed in domestic violence homicides in Texas. In , there were 5 homicides in Bexar County. Bexar joins Collin, Dallas and Tarrant Counties in North Texas as four of the top five counties with the highest number of homicides in the state.
Harris County in Houston continues to have the highest number of domestic violence homicides in the state of Texas. Intimate partner homicides end the lives of women who have roles as loving mothers, caring family members, and engaged community members.
The women whose deaths are detailed here represent lives that left indelible marks on those around them. Many of them are remembered for the strong bonds they formed in their families and with their friends and for offering those around them kindness, compassion, encouragement and smiles that brightened rooms.
They took pride in their roles as mothers and in the work that they did as students and in their careers. TCFV joins their families, friends and communities in mourning their loss. Other Key Stats from the report: Counties with the most fatalities are: Harris 28 , Dallas 13 , Tarrant 13 , Bexar 11 , Collin 6 Tarrant, Bexar, Collin each experienced increases from ; Harris is down from 34, and Dallas remains the same as last year.
Women between the ages of represent over half of the total number of victims Youngest Victim: We are immensely saddened by the tragic loss of life and we remember the families of those who lost loved ones and we especially want to remember the families who lost a loved one this year.
Family Violence Fatalities recognizes all Texas family violence victims lost in this tragic crime. Domestic violence all too often ends with tragic results. We are proud to partner with other agencies and organizations locally and across the state that share our commitment to ending violence on all three fronts. The report released by the Texas Council on Family Violence and compiled from data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas law enforcement agencies and media reports list names of the victims and gives brief accounts of their deaths.
Bexar County in San Antonio is also in the top five. Last year we answered calls to our hotline, provided up to 90 days of emergency shelter for individuals, placed 26 families in community supported housing, and continued outreach services, including counseling, parenting skills, and financial education for 1, adults and children. While, the recent horrific mass killing in Plano is not reflected in this report. List of Women Killed in Collin County: Karen had separated from Bigham six months prior to the murder and filed for divorce.
A few days before Bigham killed Karen, he came to her home and threatened her with a gun. The day of the murder, Karen asked her daughter and sister to be at the home with her while Bigham picked up some of his belongings. Bigham threatened their daughter with a gun and told her to leave the house with her son. As she fled, she called the police.
Authorities arrested Bigham in a nearby county and charged him with capital murder; he received a sentence of life in prison. Karen is survived by her adult son and two adult daughters. Authorities arrested Sullivan and charged him with murder. The couple had married a few months prior to the murder. Sullivan is awaiting trial for murder. Gaynor then shot and killed himself. Officers discovered their bodies when they responded to a welfare check.
Chambers then shot and killed himself. Emergency responders transported Noshin to a hospital where she later died. Noshin had feared for her safety and had filed for divorce prior to her death. The couple had a pending court hearing the week of the murder.
Noshin is survived by two sons and one daughter. After calling his father to admit to committing the crime, Amyx attempted to kill himself. Police found Amyx with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities arrested Amyx and charged him with murder. Amyx confessed to killing Jennifer and received a sentence of life in prison.
He then buried her body in Farmersville. Law enforcement conducted two welfare checks and began an investigation into her disappearance. Authorities charged him with murder.
Lowe has a history of family violence. A jury convicted Lowe of Jessie's murder in September and a judge approved an agreed-upon sentence of 50 years in prison. The mission of Hope's Door New Beginning Center HDNBC is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by intimate partner and family violence and to provide education programs that enhance the community's capacity to respond.
HDNBC's services include individual counseling for both adults and children , support group therapy, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing formally transitional housing , legal advocacy, community education, and battering prevention programs.
Shirly has more than 25 years of banking experience, Shirley and her team work with non-profits and public entities to provide depository, lending and treasury services to our clients. Her banking career began in at a national bank prior to joining Overton Bankshares now a part of Frost National Bank in Community service has been an important part of her life.
Her past involvement consisted of the following: In this role, she provides legal guidance to the Market President, the Vice President-Retail Sales and wireless field operations teams on various matters including wireless siting, dispute resolution, sales and marketing practices, and customer relations. She also works closely with the Government Affairs and Regulatory teams in advancing public policy strategies for the Market.
She has held several positions in the legal department during her year tenure at Verizon. Danielle earned her J. Danielle lives in Frisco, TX with her husband and two children. These dads lead by example, inspiring us all to envision a Texas free of violence — and strive tirelessly to accomplish this goal. They are remarkable leaders in their professional lives, and remarkable fathers at home. Herrero has been an energetic ally in promoting laws that help domestic violence survivors.
Representative Herrero is a father to five: Annalisa - 17, Andrea - 12, Abel Jr. Every student on his football team pledges to help stop domestic violence. Coach Ragsdale is a father of three: Natalie — 12, Valerie — 12 and Ryan — 1. I want them to see me treat her like the queen that she deserves to be treated like. In turn, I want my girls to expect to be treated the same way and be respected for the wonderful ladies that they are.
The Webb County native and former professional baseball player comes from a family of civil servants. Perhaps that history contributed to his desire to go above and beyond the job of judge to become a moral leader in his community.
Judge Tijerina is a father of four: When it comes to parenting, he says: He has also been an active leader in promoting Texas values of respect for diversity and tolerance. Prior to his work as mayor, he spent 27 years representing Houstonians in the Texas House, where he served on the budget committee and helped secure full funding for family violence programs. Mayor Turner is a proud father to daughter Ashley. Ashley is continuing the family tradition of public service in the healthcare field.
Some of the best advice he has received? Today, it is evident that what my mom said is very true. These women created remarkable services and policies, and challenge conditions that permit domestic violence to occur. These extraordinary women are also exceptional mothers. Thank you for making the world a better place. Her commitment is evidenced by her remarkable year tenure at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Annette is a fierce activist to the core, and her work influences state and national practice and policy.
While her heart belongs to her four adult children, the center of her universe are her six grandchildren: Grandkids have taught me to let go of the unimportant things that keep us distracted or angry.