Do you have questions about issues regarding sexual assault, family/dating violence, child abuse, or the services we provide? Here is a list of questions we have curated based on the most common questions people ask us. If these do not answer a specific question you have, feel free to contact us using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Forced sexual relations between a husband and wife is recognized in Texas statutes as marital rape and is a crime recognized separately from domestic violence. HCWC provides counseling and other services for victims of marital rape.

Yes. In Texas, one in 20 men have been sexually assaulted.  HCWC offers counseling and support groups, as well as other services, for males who have been sexually assaulted as adults or sexually abused as children.

No. All sexual assault services are free and confidential, and adults may choose not to report to law enforcement. If a minor discloses a sexual assault incident to anyone, that person is required by law to report the sexual assault to the Child Abuse Hotline: (800-252-5400).

Yes. Family violence may include emotional, verbal, sexual and/or physical abuse where an abuser exhibits a pattern of behavior that is intended to harm or threaten the victim. If you think you are a victim of family violence, please call HCWC at 512-396-4357.

While women and children who are victims of family violence are most frequently thought of as needing shelter, victims of sexual violence sometimes need shelter too. HCWC works hard to accommodate any victim of family or sexual violence requiring a safe place to stay.

No. Roxanne’s House provides counseling and support for abused children while CPS or the criminal justice system investigates their case. Roxanne’s House is not a shelter for abused children. If a non-offending parent accompanies the abused child, they can receive safe shelter at the HCWC Shelter.

Yes, HCWC is constantly in need of dedicated men and women to volunteer their time. There are many opportunities, including accompanying a survivor of abuse to the hospital as a HEARTeam Advocate or answering the 24-hour HELPline.

Additional Questions?

In case of emergency, call 911. If you’re being abused or have questions about your relationship and you need help, call our hotline (512)-396-HELP. It’s free and confidential.