Rowlett Woman Almost Killed By Estranged Husband In April Launches Domestic Violence Site
Veronica Galaviz Launches, Establishing Non-Profit

DALLAS: Veronica Galaviz, the Rowlett woman nearly murdered when her estranged husband broke into her home in the middle of the night on April 21, 2010 and set the house on fire before shooting himself, announced Tuesday she has created a Website to raise awareness about domestic violence and the poor enforcement of protective orders, and she is establishing a non-profit to help other victims and seek changes in Texas law.

“During the summer and fall I’ve made contact with key members of the Texas Legislature and asked them to investigate what can be done about laws in Texas that allow protective orders to be a little more than expensive pieces of paper that tend to be all but ignored by law enforcement,” Galaviz said.  “Sadly, reaction from some members of the Legislature has been that the laws are working; but I’m evidence that there’s a big problem, and I’m lucky to be alive to share. I wasn’t killed on that night in April for a reason.”

Galaviz has created, a Website she is using to raise awareness about the dangers of domestic abuse and how even when armed with laws and orders designed to protect men and women worried about domestic violence reoccurring, very little happens.

“I’ve met with district attorneys in Texas who have said that something needs to be done to give laws that protect victims of domestic violence with greater protections and also seek to give police officers responding to claims of domestic violence with a better understanding of what their role is in the process,” Galaviz said.

About 1:25 a.m. April 21, Galaviz awoke to find her estranged husband in her home and armed with a shotgun.  He told Galaviz that he was going to kill her.  Galaviz says thankfully she had a friend also in the home and began to fend off her husband but he was shot in the hand in the process.  Galaviz and her friend were able to escape the home and call authorities.  When the Rowlett Fire Department arrived at the home at 1:44 a.m., it was engulfed in flames and her husband was found dead inside.

Part of Galaviz’s conflict remains that she repeatedly notified the Rowlett Police Department of her husband’s violations of a protective order she obtained in November 2009 through divorce attorney Julie Lucio.   Each time she confronted the RPD they told her that her husband hadn’t done enough to warrant his arrest so he could be brought before the judge who issued the protective order.

Galaviz has an upcoming event in Addision, Texas on Dec. 11th at the Addison Pointe Sports Bar and Grill located at 4578 Belt Line Road at 7 p.m.

Veronica Galaviz

After surviving an attack in her home on April 21, 2010 by her estranged husband, Veronica Galaviz now seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of domestic violence, increase victims’ rights, implement tougher enforcement of protective orders and sensitivity training for police officers who respond to domestic violence complaints, and offer educational grants to victims allowing them to obtain financial independence and freedom from their abusers.

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