Thinking it Through: 
Coordinating Reporting and Investigating by Law Enforcement when Family Violence is Committed


By: Krista Del Gallo, Public Policy Manager and Brooke King, CPS Policy Manager with the Texas Council for Family Violence (TCFV)


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*Disclaimer: The authors of this article recognize that people of all genders can be both perpetrators and victims of family violence. Any references to specific genders in this article are meant to be used as examples, and do not reflect every case of family violence. All victims of family violence, regardless of their gender, deserve the same responsiveness and access to resources from law enforcement and service providers. Additionally, this article seeks to highlight considerations for law enforcement responding to and investigating incidents of family violence and to encourage more open lines of communication between agencies. Law enforcement should continue to comply with Texas statutes and mandatory reporting laws.