The Texas House of Representatives recently approved HB197/SB 44 the Senate Companion bill for State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles' House Bill 197. The bill will raise the standards for court-ordered services designed to reduce the prevalence of family violence.

Toureilles had previously filed this bill during the last regular legislative session, and re-filed the bill during the current session.

Laura Wolf with the Texas Council on Family Violence said, "We appreciate the leadership of Rep. Gonzalez Toureilles in recognizing the importance of consistent statewide standards for battering intervention and prevention programs. House Bill 197/SB 44 will help to improve the chances for safety for thousands of Texas families, by ensuring that when abusers are sent by judges to get treatment to stop their abusive behavior, that service will be as effective as it possibly can be and will give victim safety the highest priority."

"When we talk about domestic violence, we often refer to breaking the cycle of abuse because so often it is passed down from generation to generation," Toureilles said. "To truly break that cycle, we need more than anger management. We need a comprehensive program that will prevent recidivism."

Senate Bill 44 creates an accreditation process for what is known as Battery Intervention Prevention Programs, which a court may order for a defendant. Having passed both the Senate and the House, the bill will soon arrive on the governor's desk. The governor has 10 days in which to sign bills into law, veto them or allow them to become law.