Why Restoration Ranch is needed for Travis and Williamson counties:
Statistics for Travis County:
Travis County, TX has a population of 1.2M people with a median age of 33.7 and a median household income of $70,158. Between 2015 and 2016 the population of Travis County, TX grew from 1.18M to 1.2M, a 1.93% increase and its median household income grew from $65,269 to $70,158, a 7.49% increase.
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.
- 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.
Why is Restoration Ranch needed in Central Texas?
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 has 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 diagnosis.
- 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 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.
Why is Restoration Ranch needed in the Central Texas area?
Travis and Williamson County faces significant community challenges in addressing substance abuse, domestic violence and other issues which impact the human condition.
Round Rock, TX Domestic Violence Programs (Williamson County)
There is one domestic violence and abuse shelters and programs in Round Rock, TX with one offering a hotline and one offering emergency shelter.
Population of Williamson County? 547,545. That’s one program for over 500,000 people.
- 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 an estimated 1,200 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 were 196,564 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 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.
- Domestic 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 domestic violence is estimated as $727.8 million, with more than 7.9 million paid workdays lost each year.
- Every year domestic 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.