October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since first gaining national recognition in October of1987, Domestic Violence Awareness Month represents a growing effort by advocates across the nation to band together in ending violence against women and children. During October, the Houston Area Women’s Center steps up its efforts to inform, educate and advocate on issues surrounding domestic violence.
According to data from the Texas Department of public Safety, 136 women were killed by their intimate partner. This represents 39% percent of all women murdered in Texas in 2008. 96 children lost their parents to domestic violence. In Harris County, 29 women were killed. Houston has seen an increase on domestic Violence Cases in the last month. It is important we educate our community about the issue and resources available.
Domestic violence does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, color, or ability. Prevention work is key to eliminating domestic violence, and the Houston Area Women’s Center diversifies its message and services to directly benefit those who may experience additional barriers to assistance.
The Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) invites you to join us in creating a community response to domestic violence during the month of October. There will be different activities in the community including a Domestic Violence Play presentation, a vigil, survivor story exhibit, Phone banks and community education activities.
Please visit our web site at www.hawc.org to learn more about the issues, activities planned and how to become involved.
We hope you will join us in raising awareness about the nature and consequences of domestic violence.
For more information, or to schedule an interview with a media representative of the Houston Area Women’s Center, please contact Frida Villalobos at 713-528-6798 ex. 2242 or Fvillalobos@hawc.org or
Yolanda Bevill at 713-528-6798 ex. 2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org