Mission: The mission of the organization is to coordinate and collaborate domestic violence services and systems to increase the safety for victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and prevent future domestic violence in harris county.
Programs: The harris county domestic violence coordinating council began the work of the community safety assessment by forming an expert team of professionals who represent each of the systems that serve victims of domestic violence in harris county. The team of experts includes the harris county district attorney's office, the harris county sheriff's office, houston police department, pasadena police department, texas woman's university, memorial hermann health system, harris health system, aid to victims of domestic abuse, the bridge, bay area turning point, houston area womens center, family time, shalom bayit, and others. This team began the work of assessing law enforcement in the county to determine how law enforcement responds in ways that enhance or diminish victim safety and offender accountability. We have made recommendations for improvement and work groups have formed to carry out the plan. We have trained all the officers within the pasadena police department and have trained the investigators with the harris county sheriffs office. We have developed an investigators alliance that meets quarterly to share information and best practices. Each year in harris county there are approximately 40,000 calls from domestic violence victims to law enforcement. Our work is making a difference in the lives of these families by improving the response and increasing access to safety and resources. The group is now working to improve the protective order process in the county.