October 27, 2014
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and focuses on a crime the Houston Police Department investigates year-round. However, this month the department tries to bring extra attention to what is all-too-often an underreported crime.
Victims are usually, but not always, women, with one in four women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime. It affects people of all ages and from all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, sometimes with deadly results.
Already this year, HPD officers have responded to more than 18,600 reports of domestic violence. This crime can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic and can include both a suspect's actions and threats of actions.
HPD has dedicated an entire division, called the Special Victims Division, whose officers are tasked with investigating Domestic Violence. They, together with other divisions at HPD, are working to raise awareness of the issue through a series of events this month.
We know that domestic violence can be prevented. We want victims to know there are resources available for them to get to safety and to rebuild their lives.
Finally, we're asking Houstonians for the remainder of this month to wear purple- to help call attention to domestic violence and to encourage everyone to talk about this issue and why ending it is so important.
For more information on domestic violence visit, our website at http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/brochures/english/Domestic_Violence.pdf