March On Crime Week One - Domestic Violence
February 28, 2006 -- During
the first week of the March On Crime
/ Lucha Contra El Crimen campaign, the Houston Police Department
will focus on Domestic Violence and ways to reduce it in Houston.
For the past year, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt, Mayor Bill
White and several city, county and business leaders have led the
charge in preventing and removing acts of domestic violence through
the Abusers Are Losers campaign.
The home should be a place of love, happiness and peace. However,
over 31,000 cases of family violence were reported in Houston
in previous years.
Domestic Violence is a crime and occurs among
all ages, races and religions. It happens to people of all educational
backgrounds and income levels. Incidence of battering or domestic
violence is rarely an isolated occurrence and frequently escalates
Signs of domestic violence:
Domestic violence takes shape in many forms such as pushing, punching,
slapping and choking. It can lead to threats of violence to control
another's behavior, forced sexual activity and even death. Some
people will endure acts of physical and emotional abuse to keep
a family together mainly for the sake of children. Constant verbal
abuse often leads to some type of physical abuse resulting in
One of the first remedies is to educate ourselves on the warning
signs and signals that lead to domestic violence. We want families,
especially the heads of household, to understand that violence,
as a way of life, is unhealthy and illegal.
- During an explosive situation such as an argument,
try to be in a place that has an exit.
- Pack a bag and have it ready at a friend or
relatives home. This includes having money set aside as well as
any medications, extra clothes and important
- Decide and plan where you will go if you have
to leave the home. Remember that leaving your batterer is the
most dangerous time.
- Inform a close friend at work of your situation
and have someone escort you to and from your mode of transportation.
- Select one or more neighbors you can tell about
any violence at home and ask them to call police if they hear
a disturbance coming from your home.
- If you have been assaulted, contact police
If you are struggling with this problem, call
and get help before things get out of hand. The Houston Area Women's
Center offer counseling. Their number is 713-528-2121. If you
have already been assaulted don't wait. Report family violence
or suspected family violence to the Houston Police Department
at 713-884-3131. If you witness an act of violence against anyone
CALL 911. Help end the cycle of violence in Houston.
AW/ RMM 2-28-06
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.