October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than ten million women and men.
The Coalition also reports that in the United States, one in four women have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, one in five women have been raped in their lifetime and only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
You have the right to be safe. You do not deserve to be hit or threatened. You are not alone. Develop a personal safety plan; these admonitions and the following are from the Domestic Violence Prevention organization.
If there is an argument, try to be in a place that has an exit. Practice getting out of your home safely. Pack a bag and have it ready at a friend’s or relative’s house. Identify one or more neighbors you can tell about the violence and ask them to call the police if they hear a disturbance.
Develop a code word or phrase to use with your children, family, friends and neighbors when you need the police. Decide and plan where you will go if you ever have to leave home.
The Domestic Violence Prevention organization offers emergency shelter for women and children, crisis intervention, emergency transportation, legal advocacy, emergency medical support, counseling, support groups and many other services.
Domestic violence victims have rights. Do not suffer any longer. Contact an agency immediately if you need assistance.
For a full list of your rights, please contact the victim advocate at your local law enforcement headquarters or your district or county attorney’s office. You may also contact the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse at 800-848-4284, visit their website at: www.tdcj.state.tx.us or email the Victim Services Division at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the Cass County Office of the District Attorney, Crime Victims’ Coordinator for further assistance related to domestic violence. Their office phone number is 903-756-7541.
The Atlanta office of the Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc. has a 24 hour crisis line, 903-793-HELP or 903-793-4357. For personal assistance the public is invited to contact Kim Bateman-Neff, a domestic violence/sexual assault/certified trainer at 903-796-8847 or email her at Kim@dvptxk.org.