Organization Seeks To Double Donation Amount Each Week

DALLAS:   The non-profit, Living To Share, created by Rowlett Domestic Violence survivor Veronica Galaviz announced Monday that during it’s first week of actively soliciting contributions for its mission, the organization raised $1,300. 

Galaviz was nearly murdered when her estranged husband broke into her home at 1:30 a.m. on April 21, 2010, and set the house on fire before shooting himself and killing her pets in the process. As part of her recovery, Galaviz has created LivingToShare.org and created her non-profit organization to help others who might be in a tragic domestic relationship.

“The response to our organization’s mission and goals has been overwhelming in the first week alone,” Galaviz said. “We’ve raised more than $1,300 from close friends, supporters, and North Texas businesses also supportive of our mission to raise awareness for stopping Domestic Violence and bringing about needed changes to reduce those who are victimized by this horrible social problem. Each week we want to double the amount raised the prior week.”

After being featured in a news story on CBS 11 KTVT in Dallas last week, Galaviz has received several invitations to speak, including invitations from two law enforcement organizations.  She also has received a copy of a draft bill from a DFW legislative office that seeks to add a stalking provision to the awarding of a protective order.  She also held a successful fund-raiser in Addision, Texas Saturday night.

“We have a lot of work ahead with the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature,” Galaviz said.  “Hearing that legislation is pending was hugely encouraging, but also just a beginning of what needs to be done to help track protective order violators, and raise law enforcements’ training when it comes to dealing with Domestic Violence situations.”

Galaviz said donations will be used to cover expenses for the organization’s operations as the 2011 Texas legislative session draws near.  Funds also will be used for national research, outreach, travel, and supporting Domestic Violence survivors like herself as they try to get their feet back on the ground.  Galaviz says she will work nationally on the issue to affect change where ever it is needed.

Donations can be sent to Living To Share, PO Box 861885, Plano, TX 75086-1885 or paid online at PayPal.

During the April attack, 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 who attempted to fend off her husband.  The friend was shot in the hand in the process.  Thankfully, Galaviz and her friend were able to escape and call authorities.  When the Rowlett Fire Department arrived at the home it was engulfed in flames (which burned to the ground) and her attacker was found dead inside along with her 3 pets.

Galaviz’s conflict remains that she repeatedly notified the Rowlett Police Department of her husband’s violations of a protective order that was issued in November of 2009 with the assistance of her attorney, Julie Lucio, of Lucio, LaFleur and Associates in Richardson.

Each time Galaviz confronted 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.

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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