Family Services

George Iles, quality improvement coordinator for Family Services

Statistics regarding domestic violence cases in Texas can be disconcerting. According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, more than 23,000 adults and children seek shelter from violence in their own homes each year. An estimated 74 percent of all Texans have either experienced domestic violence personally or have a friend or family member who has been affected by this heinous form of abuse.

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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.

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Family Services of Southeast Texas recognized families and organizations that have had an impact on the community at their 11th annual luncheon Thursday, Feb. 28.

“This event is to honor families,” said Janet Walker, executive director at Family Services of Southeast Texas. “Our mission is to strengthen families, so we want to recognize people in the community that do work to do that.”

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