Jan. 19: Newsmakers tackles domestic violence issue

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - An important episode of "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" airs Sunday morning at 10 a.m. about the problem of domestic violence in our community. In the most recent statistics, more women were killed in domestic violence situations in Harris County than any other county in Texas.

Barbie Brashear is the Executive Director of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and says services are there to help, but many women don't know who to call.

"In our county last year, 3,000, close to 4,000 women and children were provided with shelter. We also know that less than five-percent of victims of domestic violence nationally will access services from domestic violence service providers," said Brashear.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson says the county is ready to help those who need it.

"Most people know that we prosecute cases. In fact we filed over 10,000 domestic violence cases last year alone, but what people may not know is all the services we provide," said Anderson. "Whether you have filed a case against your abuser or not, we can help you," said Anderson.

Experts say those being abused should know who to call and know when it's time to leave.
"The most dangerous time is when you leave that situation because the batter is losing power and control which is what domestic violence is so when you leave, that's the most dangerous time there are places out there that can help you do that," said Amy Smith, Deputy Director of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.

The Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council has fourteen agencies available to help. .

"All of them have a hotline that is staffed 24 hours a day ready to help someone think about their safety and give them steps to really increase their access to services," said Brashear.

"Just come in and talk about with a social worker. Talk about your situation. Decide whether you want a protective order or not. We can refer you to shelters. We can refer you to places that will help you with your kids, with your finances, we can help you get out of that situation," said Anderson on Houston Newsmakers this weekend.

For much more on the domestic violence epidemic in our community and to hear potentially life-saving advice for you or someone you know, watch "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" Sunday at 10am on KPRC Local 2.

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