Our View: There's never an excuse for abuse

Oct. 4, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.
Updated Oct. 4, 2014 at 11:40 p.m.

The nation read reports in September of an NFL player's brutal attack on his fiancee that knocked her unconscious. Four days before that news went viral, Victoria Police began an investigation into a murder-suicide in a sleepy neighborhood that left a Victoria nurse and her husband dead.

Advocacy groups estimate that every 15 seconds in the U.S., a woman is the victim of domestic violence.

It is a serious problem across the country, and the Crossroads is not immune.

In order to put an end to it, the community must work together and raise awareness of how and where to seek help, not just in October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but always.

Since Mid-Coast Family Services opened its crisis center in February 2012, more than 1,360 victims and their children have found safety there.

Volunteers and counselors have served 59,000 meals and answered 2,500 hotline calls.

Men are also victims of domestic violence, especially elderly and disabled men. For every male victim, there are an estimated 25 female victims of domestic violence.

Mid-Coast's director estimates that Victoria police respond to two and sometimes three domestic violence attacks each night.

That means every night, a woman was pushed, punched or knocked to the ground by a man who said he loved her.

While domestic violence is in the national spotlight - as well as the local light - the community must examine its own attitude toward domestic violence victims.

For some, it may seem easier to accept the abuse if you blame the victim. If she hadn't done this or that, if she hadn't gone there, nothing would have happened.

There is never an excuse for abuse.

And in our civilized world, there is not a place for domestic violence.

Mid-Coast Family Services is championing a campaign about domestic violence this month that includes seminars, training and informational displays across the region.

Mid-Coast Family Services has arranged to place a silent witness in every courthouse in the area to remember the thousands of men, women and children who die each year in acts of domestic violence in the U.S.

Mid-Coast will host a seminar Wednesday for health care workers to raise awareness on the link between family violence and health.

Oct. 13 to Oct. 17 is dedicated to law enforcement appreciation, focusing on the efforts of area law enforcement agencies to end family violence.

Oct. 21, Mid-Coast is offering protective order and family violence prevention training at University of Houston-Victoria.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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