HPD Reminds Public Domestic Violence is an Ongoing Issue
November 1, 2010 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month has come to a close; however the Houston Police Department wants to remind the public this serious issue persists.
Throughout October, HPD addressed domestic violence through a combination of education, awareness and enforcement initiatives.
Among the many such initiatives HPD participated in during October were:
An Education Summit that featured HPD officers and representatives from HPD’s Victim Services and Family Violence Units, the Houston Area Women’s Center, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Members of the public were encouraged to ask questions about the resources available to them, enforcement, and how the legal process works.
A prayer chain for peace, sponsored by Asian American Family Services, included volunteers and HPD officers drawing attention to domestic abuse. Participants wrote prayers that were then formed into a linked paper chain.
For the fourth year, HPD officers joined hands with representatives from Daya, Inc. and hundreds of Houstonians to raise awareness of domestic violence. Reaching out to motorists on the city’s southwest side, the human chain was a visible reminder that it takes everyone’s participation to stop the violence.
HPD officers also arrested more than 140 domestic violence offenders on outstanding warrants. HPD executes these types of warrants all year long and works closely with various support services and agencies to ensure victims receive the help they need. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPKKVc9GDnE to see more on this enforcement initiative.
Domestic Violence remains an underreported crime that HPD is addressing through enforcement efforts and partnerships with community groups and support agencies. Working together, we can all take a stand and stop the violence to help Keep Houston Safe.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.