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Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Advocates Announce $4.7 Million Domestic Violence Assistance Fund

Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Advocates Announce .7 Million Domestic Violence Assistance Fund

Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Advocates Announce $4.7 Million Domestic Violence Assistance Fund

houston – Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and domestic violence advocates will announce a $4.7 million Domestic Violence Assistance Fund to help victims.

The funds will be used to support the county’s efforts to combat rising domestic violence reports that include homicides.

A news conference is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. KPRC 2 will livestream the event.

The announcement comes during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which raises awareness for domestic violence victims and survivors. Speakers will also discuss gun violence. According to a news release, the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordination Council (HCDVCC) will administer program funding provided by Harris County and will be responsible for application intake, review and approval. HCDVCC provides technical support and capacity building support to small recipient organizations.

The program, which reportedly uses American Rescue Planning Act (ARPA) money, will support about 3,800 homes and 6,650 individuals, Ellis said. It provides flexible financial assistance to domestic violence survivors through grants to non-profit, community-based organizations that serve survivors.

Reports of domestic violence have increased locally, nationally and globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, the news release said. In Texas, 204 were reportedly killed by intimate partners in 2021 and 46 (22%) were in Harris County.

“Family violence affects everyone, but women of color are likely to be hurt the most,” Commissioner Ellis said. “While 1 in 3 white women have experienced domestic violence during the pandemic, abuse rates for those marginalized by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status and cognitive physical ability are 50% and higher. Was.”

In Texas, 204 people were allegedly murdered by intimate partners in 2021. From that number, statistics suggest that 46, or 22% of those victims, were in Harris County. Domestic violence-related homicides across Texas increased by 23% in 2020.

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