Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual violence is a major public health problem. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (found here) shows that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men experience rape in their lifetime. Half of women and 1 in 5 men experience severe sexual violence other than rape at some point in their lives. 



DSHS and other state partners work to stop sexual violence before it occurs. Through funds and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DSHS supports Texas’ sexual assault programs to provide:

  • education for youth, parents, teachers, and other adult influencers;
  • programs for college students and campus personnel; and
  • opportunities for communities to take action to prevent sexual violence  

Activities are guided by the Texas state sexual violence prevention plan: Preventing Sexual Violence in Texas, A Primary Prevention Approach, 2010-2018.      

Other agencies working to end sexual violence include:  

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) – TAASA is committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention and advocacy. TAASA provides training on prevention efforts and assistance to sexual assault programs. (TAASA's website)  

Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV)– TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence. (TCFV’s website)  

For more information, please contact us at:  

Texas Department of State Health Services
Maternal & Child Health
PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 776-7373: Phone
(512) 458-7658: Fax  

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These external links may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Maternal and Child Health or information regarding adolescent health in Texas, please email or call (512) 776-7373.

Last updated March 27, 2019