With funding from the Office of the Texas Governor Public Safety Office, IDVSA and BBR collaborated on a two-part study on service needs and availability for sexual assault and abuse survivors in Texas. The two reports from this project offer findings on (1) baseline availability of resources and services for sexual assault and abuse survivors across Texas as well as unmet needs and (2) needs and experiences of sexual assault and abuse survivors with existing services. This research was a required component of House Bill 1590, passed in the 86th legislative session, which created the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force. To learn more about each phase of this project and access the reports, visit the Part 1 and Part 2 pages listed below.
A Note to Survivors
We are grateful beyond measure to each survivor—those who participated in this study and those who received the outreach and considered participating. We honor your courage to share your lived experiences, acknowledge the emotional energy it takes to recount a devastating time in your lives, and revere your resilience. We heard your voices, your profound determination to heal, and your desire to help others by sharing your stories. Our deepest hope is that we have done justice to your courage, experience, resilience, and trust. Survivors center our shared work. IDVSA’s vision is for all people to live peaceful and prosperous lives in a world free from violence. This research brings Texas one step closer to actualizing that vision.