By Jon Schroeder
The Cove Herald
October marks a time of the year to raise awareness of a problem affecting Texans: domestic violence.
As researched by the Texas Council on Family Violence, 74 percent of Texans say that they, a family member or a friend have experienced domestic violence.
To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Coryell commissioners voted Monday to sign a proclamation endorsing the National Domestic Violence Hotline and reiterating its pledge to “eradicate the incidence of domestic violence.”
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE.
According to the proclamation, there were 234 cases of domestic violence in Coryell County in the past year alone — 120 women were willed by their intimate partners in Texas in 2006.
The cities of Copperas Cove and Gatesville signed proclamations declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month Sept. 18 and 25, respectively.
“I think it’s important to promote greater awareness about domestic violence,” said Amy Perkins, crime victims’ coordinator for the Coryell County Crime Victims’ Office. “It’s so prevalent in this community.”
Forty-seven percent of all Texans say they’ve personally experienced some form of domestic violence.
The Coryell County Crime Victims’ Office works with those who have been scarred, figuratively or literally, by crimes. It also runs two two domestic violence support groups, one in Gatesville and one in Copperas Cove. Perkins said 51.4 percent of all the men and women the office has worked with over the last 12 months were victims of assault causing bodily injury within a household.
To help raise awareness, area churches, boys and girls clubs and restaurants will be passing out fliers, spreading information about resources and groups available to help local crime victims.
Families in Crisis, Lone Star Legal Aid, Children’s Involved groups in the awareness campaign include the Advocacy Center of Central Texas, CASA, Child Protective Services and Bikers Against Child Abuse.
This month provides an excellent opportunity for our community to demonstrate its support in ending domestic violence and show support to the numerous victims who are among us,” Perkins said. “Moreover, it is a wonderful opportunity to educate the public on the seriousness of domestic violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in our lives.”
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