Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2001
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

NELSON SPEAKS AT NEWS CONFERENCE SPOTLIGHTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILLS

AUSTIN -- State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, spoke today at a news conference organized by the Texas Council on Family Violence highlighting domestic violence legislation in the 77th Legislature. Senator Nelson pre-filed the following five bills to curb family violence in Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety estimates that more than a third of all women killed in Texas (35% in 1997) are murdered by their intimate male partners. DPS estimates that in 1999, 99 women were murdered by an intimate male partner. Overall, there were more than 175,000 cases of domestic violence in Texas and an estimated thousands more that went unreported.

"It is our responsibility to protect the victims of domestic violence; to lay as many legal roadblocks as possible in front of their abusers; and to prevent perpetrators of domestic violence from manipulating the court system. While defendants are entitled to a rigorous defense, something is gravely wrong in our legal system when an admitted killer can escape jail time by blaming the victim for their own murder and a judge can drastically reduce bail for violent offenders without even notifying the prosecution," Senator Nelson said.

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes parts of Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant counties.

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