Over the past seven years, TCSO has developed numerous internal and external collaborative partnerships to bring awareness to domestic violence and teen dating violence. TCSO has been nationally recognized for its Teen Dating Violence Awareness outreach campaign, which included cooperative training efforts for law enforcement and social services, public service announcements and multi-media endorsements.

TCSO  partners with numerous school districts and law enforcement agencies for Domestic Violence Awareness month each October. During the month, high school football players place a purple ribbon decal on their helmets signified that there are resources available to assist victims of domestic violence.

Football is a Contact Sport. Love Shouldn't Be. Campaign

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The “Football is a Contact Sport. Love Shouldn’t Be” domestic violence campaign is a partnership effort made up of the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Texas Advocacy Project, SAFE Alliance and other community partners as well as school districts in Travis, Bastrop, Hays and Williamson counties.

The campaign involves freshmen, JV and varsity players wearing a purple ribbon decal on their helmets during the month of October. Over seven years, the campaign has grown from 900 to 5,000 high school football players, who through their participation, bring awareness to domestic violence and promote safe and healthy relationships.

Announcements are made before and during each game recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness month and thanking the football players for uniting together. Please join us in supporting these players as they commit themselves to becoming leaders and advocates for safe, healthy and non-violent relationships.

Athletes can be influential individuals not only with their peers, but also with community members. It is our hope to continue to provide collaborative opportunities for Central Texas high school athletes to join together and discover the positive impact they will have when intervening during adverse situations.

An Evening with Champions

High school athletes and coaches were invited to attend an evening with Joe Ehrmann on April 10, 2015. Joe is a former All-American and NFL star is one of the most influential sports educators in America. He is the subject of the New York Times bestseller Season of Life and the author of InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives. Dubbed “The Most Important Coach in America” by Parade magazine, Joe believes athletes and their mentors have to look inside themselves and forge a meaningful moral purpose, and then apply that greater understanding to helping others thrive.

90 athletes and 66 coaches, representing 20 high schools, 8 school districts had a rare opportunity to have a conversation with Joe and local celebrity athletes regarding leadership in sports and life.

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Athlete: The Positive Champion

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We recognize that athletes can be influential individuals not only with their peers, but also with community members. On August 5, 2014, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office provided an opportunity for high school Central Texas athletes to join together and discover the positive impact they will have when intervening during adverse situations. Educating youth on bystander intervention has demonstrated to be a prevalent training process due to the likelihood that it will reduce gender violence. The Women and Gender Advocacy Center at Colorado State University states that, “The idea behind bystander intervention is basically that from time to time we all find ourselves in situations where we witness troubling and potentially harmful behavior, and at that moment we have the choice to either interrupt the problematic behavior or remain complacent and allow the situation to escalate.”  110 student athletes representing 32 schools (25 public/7 private), 61 females and 49 males and 11 different types of sports were provided with the tools and resources to make positive interventions will aid them in being a positive influencer who demonstrates integrity and trust .

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