Why Central Texas Needs Restoration Ranch, TX

Family violence, drug addiction, incarceration, and sex trafficking are prevalent in the Austin, TX area (Travis County and Williamson County) as reported by Travis County, TX  and Williamson County, TX websites.  The combined areas report a population of around 1.7 million people as of 2019 with a combined poverty rate of 20.87%.

Travis and Williamson County faces significant community challenges in addressing substance abuse, family violence and other issues that impact the human condition.

Within Travis and Williamson County, with a combined population of over 1.7 million, there are only 4 emergency shelter programs with others being located further than 20 miles from Travis or Williamson County.  That’s one program for 425,000 people!

Restoration Ranch, TX wants to fill that gap by providing a 3 Stage Program to women ages 18-65 whose lives have been affected by sex trafficking, incarceration, drug and alcohol addiction, family violence and homelessness.

The need for a program to help restore the lives of women within our area is great.  We hope that you will invest with us in restoring these broken lives so that women can have hope, help, and healing to live fulfilling lives.

Here are some statistics for the Travis and Williamson County area you may find interesting:

Source:  https://datausa.io/profile/geo/travis-county-tx/

Statistics for Williamson County

Williamson County, TX has a population of 528,718 – 545,000 people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $81,818. Between 2015 and 2016 the population of Williamson County, TX grew from 508,514 to 528,718, a 3.97% increase and its median household income grew from $78,311 to $81,818, a 4.48% increase.

Williamson County, TX has a population of 528,718 – 545,000 people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $81,818. Between 2015 and 2016 the population of Williamson County, TX grew from 508,514 to 528,718, a 3.97% increase and its median household income grew from $78,311 to $81,818, a 4.48% increase.

  • County Name:  Williamson, Travis, Bell County – 2018
    Health and Human Services Statistics- Females in Williamson county showed a higher than expected residual number across nearly every marker for need. This indicates a clear need for a comprehensive community response to family violence as there are not only more survivors in need of service, there are more being served by family violence programs and an increased law enforcement response.

Addiction – Source:  National Institute on Drug Abuse – 2018

Historically, while substance use is considered part of behavioral health, it has often been overshadowed by mental health in both awareness and funding. Substance abuse use is one of the few health areas in which Travis and Williamson County have experienced a decline in some critical services for low-income individuals, such as the loss of withdrawal management (commonly known as detox) beds over the past several years.

Also, despite the Affordable Care Act’s promise of parity, substance use services are rarely compensated at a level that fully reimburses for best practices, and employees specializing in the field are compensated at lower levels than other health professionals. These situations have occurred despite increased awareness of the comorbidity of substance use disorder (SUD) with physical and mental illness, and a growing realization that failure to invest in prevention and recovery results in later recourse to more expensive solutions.

The occurrence of two disorders or illnesses in the same person also referred to as co-occurring conditions or dual diagnoses.

  • 35% of arrests by APD (Austin Police Department) relate to alcohol and/or drug abuse 8–15% of suicides in Travis County are related to alcohol or drugs.
  • 59% of pregnant teens in the U.S. admitted to using drugs or alcohol in the previous 12 months.
  • 34% of traffic fatalities in Travis County involve alcohol.
  • 15% of U.S. workers report being impaired at work at least one time during the past year
  • 60% of inmate/offenders in Travis County Jail have substance abuse problems
  • 40% of child abuse victims in Texas have a caregiver with an alcohol or drug abuse.

Round Rock, TX Domestic Violence Programs (Williamson County)


Family Violence

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence from an intimate partner in her or his lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been in victims of severe physical violence from an intimate partner in her or his lifetime.
  • In the United States, a woman is beaten every 9 seconds.
  • Each year, intimate partner violence results in estimated1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women and nearly 600,000 injuries among men.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States-more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
  • 1/3 of teens are in a violent dating relationship.
  • In 2016, there were196,564 incidents of family violence in Texas.
  • 146 Texas women were killed by their intimate partner in 2016.
  • 40% of women killed in 2016 were in the process of leaving their relationship or had made attempts to leave.
  • 77% of the victims in 2016 were killed in their homes.
  • On average, a man killed his wife/girlfriend every 2.5 days.
  • More than 226,000 children and 104,000 adults become victims of sexual assault every year in Texas.
  • In 2016, there were 9,798 reported family violence incidents in Williamson and Travis counties.
  • In 2016, 581 Texas law officers were assaulted while responding to family violence calls-nearly 3 times higher than in 2015.
  • According to a 2002 study from the Texas Council on Family Violence, 74% of all Texans have either experienced family violence themselves or have a family member/ friend who has experienced family violence.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children as adults.
  • 50% of girls who grow up in an abusive home will go on to be victims of abuse themselves.
  • Family violence is the leading predictor of child abuse – 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
  • Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
  • Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expense, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.
  • The annual cost of lost productivity due to family violence is estimated at $727.8 million, with more than 7.9 million paid workdays lost each year.
  • Every year family violence results in almost 100,000 days of hospitalization, almost 30,000 emergency room visits, and almost 40,000 visits to a physician according to WomanKind Inc. www.iamwomankind.org/our-causes.

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