HOUSTON- “The most profound incident was watching him break my mother’s arm.” As a child, Gloria Terry watched her mother’s boyfriend beat her. “I know first-hand what it’s like to witness, be present, and watch a woman suffer in a violent relationship,” says Terry, who now uses her non-profit group, the Texas Council on Family Violence, to help others in similar circumstances.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. To honor victims and raise awareness, the group released these grim statistics.
Last year, 132 Texans were murdered by an intimate partner. “It saddens me to say that once again the community we call home, has led this state with 23 domestic violence related homicides,” says Harris County Sheriff, Ron Hickman.
When you add other counties in the Greater Houston area (Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery and Wharton), the number increases to 34.
“The question is always, why didn’t she leave? Please don’t be that woman. Please think about your kids. Think about yourself. You’re worth it. Get out of the situation,” pleads Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson.
There is help available, you just have to ask. “In the last year, 84,00 women and children were served in programs like, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, the Houston area Women’s Center and other great providers in the Harris County area. What that denotes to me is 84,000 predominantly women and children were kept safe.”
If you’re in an abusive relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Your life matters.