"Go Purple" Oct 13 to raise awareness of domestic violence

"Go Purple" Oct 13 to raise awareness of domestic violence

In honor of October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Family Services is sponsoring a special day of recognition. On October 13, area residents are asked to “go purple” and wear purple in support of healthy relationships and a stand against domestic violence.

According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, 74 percent of Texans have either experienced family violence personally or know someone who has been exposed to it. More than 100 Texas women die in domestic violence incidents each year, and more than 23,000 adults and children seek shelter from violence in their own homes. Each year in Southeast Texas alone, domestic violence sends some 800 women and children to seek safety at one of two shelters operated in Beaumont and Jasper.

“Family violence is knowable, predictable and preventable,” said Janet Walker, executive director of Family Services of Southeast Texas. “We operate shelters, yes, but we also offer other programs, including a batterer’s intervention and prevention program and counseling on issues affecting families and individuals. We know that [not] everyone can afford to pay for help, so counseling fees are based on ability to pay while shelter services are free.” Family Services is also active in the Jefferson County Domestic Violence Task Force.

“You can get involved,” Walker added. “Ask why someone abuses, not why someone stays in an abusive relationship. Understand and model a healthy relationship for your family and friends.”

A simple way every Southeast Texan can get involved is by wearing purple this October 13, 2015, to raise awareness and show support.

Those seeking help or more information can contact Family Services at (409)833-2668.