The Problem

Domestic violence takes a staggering toll on our state; more than one in three Texas women will experience abuse from an intimate partner in her lifetime[1]. Coordinated Community Responses (CCRs) have been recognized as a best practice in reducing domestic violence since the Violence Against Women Act was enacted over 20 years ago, but many communities continue to struggle with implementing and sustaining this approach. Competing agency missions, turnover, lack of training funds, and increases in requests for services are barriers to effective CCRs in every community, but they are exacerbated in rural areas that have far fewer resources than their urban counterparts. 

The Greater Needs of Rural Texas

Rural communities face greater barriers than their urban counterparts when responding to domestic violence including but not limited to:
- Geographic isolation
- Under-trained and under-resourced practitioners and agencies
- Difficulty of maintaining confidentiality in communities with virtually no anonymity[2].

45% of largely rural Texas counties have only intermittent access to domestic violence services, meaning there is not a consistent advocate presence. 19 counties have no access at all to services within county lines. There is an alarming lack of services available in rural Texas communities, and the majority of victims are falling through the cracks of their community’s criminal justice and advocacy response. The average Texas rural county has a population of almost 12,000, and yet:
- Only 50 arrests are made each year for offenses against families and children
- Only 21 female survivors of domestic violence receive services from agencies funded by HHSC

The Start of a Solution

ICCR’s mission is to advance collaborative efforts in addressing crimes against women in rural, under-resourced Texas communities, with the purpose of increasing safety and justice for victims while holding offenders accountable. ICCR will accomplish this by providing training, technical assistance, resources, and networking opportunities to multidisciplinary teams throughout Texas and by engaging in evaluative research that informs practice.

All of ICCR's training is completely FREE for participants thanks to the generous support of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation and the Moody Foundation.



[1] Busch-Armendariz, N.B., Heffron, L.C., & Bohman, T. (2011). Statewide Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence in Texas. Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

[2] Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). (2013). Access to safety, justice and opportunity: A blueprint for domestic violence interventions in Texas, executive summary.