Spiritual Leaders Join HPD in Speaking Out Against
February 14, 2006 -- Members
of the Houston Men Against Family Violence campaign met on Friday,
February 10 with spiritual leaders from throughout the community
seeking their assistance in stamping out family violence. For
the past year, Houston Police Chief Hurtt has worked alongside
many of these same leaders and law enforcement partners as part
of our Houston Men Against Family Violence campaign. Physical
and mental abuse of loved ones is a devastating crime that has
a lasting effect upon those involved. These terrible acts also
extend far into our community, perpetuating violence in many forms.
One's home, just as one's church, should be a place of sanctuary
where women and children flourish, not cower in fear.
Chief Hurtt asked the Ministers Against Crime
and other religious leaders deliver to their congregations a pre-Valentines
Day message denouncing violence in the home, while encouraging
the men of Houston to take a stand against family violence during
the weekend of February 10-13, 2006. The over 40 ministers and
spiritual leaders in attendance representing thousands of parishioners
enthusiastically agreed on the need for such a far reaching effort.
"In many cases, we have great influence in peoples' lives.
I can not think of a more worthy effort," said one prominent
For more information, please contact the HPD
Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.