February marks National Teen Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.
This issue of our Crime Victim Services Update focuses on teen dating violence awareness, and we are grateful to the Texas Advocacy Project, the Bexar County Family Justice Center, the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Safeplace and the Texas Council on Family Violence for their contributions.
October is observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I thank all of those in the crime victims' community for your commitment and your compassion for domestic violence survivors. At the same time, you protect hope by working to prevent domestic violence.
We at the Office of the Attorney General are proud to stand with you in this noble and much needed effort.
The effective date of this legislation is Sept 1, 2007.
The new Crime Victims' Compensation application reflects this change with the omission of page 6, CONFIDENTIALITY ELECTION BY VICTIM, of the old application.
Thirty-one states have authorized programs to protect the location of victims of family violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the establishment of a confidential mailing address or address confidentiality program.
Senate Bill 74 amends Article 56 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, by adding Subchapter C, Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Family Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking.
Sincerely, Greg Abbott Attorney General of Texas New Crime Victims' Compensation (CVC) applications are available for distribution and on the OAG website.Some early warning signs of dating violence include any screening of calls or emails, unpredictable mood swings, excessive calling or text messaging, and isolation from friends and/or family.For more information on dating violence, visit Knowthe Red Flags.com, which educates teenagers and young adults on the signs of dating violence.Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors that one person uses to control another in a relationship.Like domestic violence, it can include psychological or emotional violence, such as controlling behaviors, insults or jealousy, physical violence, such as hitting or punching, and sexual violence, such as nonconsensual sexual activity and rape.Also included is information on recent legislative changes that impact our Crime Victim Services Division.