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Task Force on Domestic Violence

Background and Purpose

The Task Force on Domestic Violence was created by House Bill 2620 during the 2013 Texas Legislature to examine the effect of domestic violence on the health of mothers and children and ways to improve health services for domestic violence victims. The task force must submit a report with its recommendations to state leaders by September 1, 2015.

For more information, contact


  • Dr. Virginia Rauth, association of obstetricians and gynecologists, Dickinson
  • Verne LaGrega, association of community health centers, Leesville
  • Samantha White, family physicians association, Austin
  • Gloria Terry (Presiding Officer), family violence advocacy organization, Dripping Springs
  • Sister Rosemary Welsh, family violence center, Laredo
  • Brooke Barton, family violence center, Longview
  • Stephanie Karr, family violence center, El Paso
  • Mary Lee Hafley, family violence center, Fort Worth
  • Melissa Reilly, hospital association, Dallas
  • Jeff Temple (Vice Chair), teaching hospital, Galveston
  • Dr. Shanna Combs, medical association, Fort Worth
  • Tania Lopez, midwifery association, Cleburne
  • Donna Scott Tilley, nursing association, Colleyville
  • Dr. Rita Schindeler-Trachta, osteopathic medical association, Austin
  • Dr. Kim Cheung, pediatric medical association, Bellaire
  • Vacant, sexual assault advocacy organization
  • Dr. Janet Lawson, DSHS family and community health program, Austin
  • Carol Harvey, DSHS family and community health program, Austin
  • Vacant, HHSC home visiting program, Austin
  • Noel Busch-Armendaris, UT School of Social Work Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Austin
  • Jeana Lungwitz, UT School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic, Austin
  • Dr. Robert Vezzetti, Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council, Austin
  • Sasha Rasco, DFPS prevention and early intervention program, Austin
  • Ruth Anne Thornton, Office of the Attorney General, Austin
  • Denise Walch, HHSC family violence program, Austin


Fall 2014 meeting will be held in October – date to be announced

Updated: June 19, 2014