At our most recent Southeast Texas Domestic Violence Task Force Panel Discussion, the experts focused on prevention. As victims advocates, we so often hear “Break the Silence… Break the Silence… BREAK THE SILENCE!”
That really is the main problem. To highlight that fact, we started the Panel event by watching a true story about a young mother named Amy that was murdered by her husband. Throughout the description of events, the audience is confronted with the sobering reality that Amy’s friends, family, coworkers, and even police and healthcare workers knew she was being abused.
And he still murdered her. At the end, the audience was left wondering what could have been done differently. And the Panel was ready with answers.
So often, we hear “why didn’t she just leave?”
Sgt. Yvette Borrero of BPD points out that “most women will take eight beatings before they leave.” It’s a sad statistic, but it’s true. At the Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter, we often see the same individual more than once.
Gasps, sighs, and sounds of exasperation were all that could be heard in the room of 70+ people. The documentary they were watching was moving and tragic. It wasn’t surprising to see jaws agape, heads shaking in disbelief.
But for the seasoned law enforcement and victims advocates in the room, “Telling Amy’s Story” was full of truths that were all too familiar.
I do love Mondays! I didn’t use to. No, in fact, I dreaded them. I would go into grief mode on Sunday afternoon.
I now see that it was a sorry way to live. So, how did I …
Family Services is proud to offer a Transitional Housing Program (also known as Sunshine Cove Apartments) to women and children that have used our Domestic Violence Shelter services and are on their way to reclaiming their lives and livelihood.
This summer, HUD cut funding that was critical to the continued operation of Sunshine Cove.
The wonderful news is that…
Well parents, the kids have finally returned to school! Yippee!! Getting back in the routine can be hard. But, please don’t underestimate the power of the nightly routine.
All of us (even our kiddos) need restful sleep to function well during the day. Not having enough sleep can lead to us feeling cranky, slowed down or restless, & even to making poor decisions throughout the day. Grades can suffer and some kids may even act out in school.
Have you ever thought about seeing a counselor? People seek counseling for a variety of reasons. You don’t have to be “crazy” or have a serious mental health problem to benefit from therapy.
Family Services counselors know that each day they will meet clients that are facing all sorts of life challenges – and that they need support to see them through those challenges. We are prepared to listen, engage, educate, and help you understand your options.
So, when is the right time?
Well, summer is almost over! The bell will soon ring for school to start again & we will all recover from this extended recess period. Money will be spent on uniforms & school supplies. Arguments will occur over bed time & getting out of bed in the morning will be a struggle.
Breaking free from an abuser is extremely difficult and can be a very stressful and trying time for mothers and their children. Common misconceptions about Child Protective Services can make things harder, or even make victims hesitant to leave their abuser.
Here are some key things to remember about CPS, their role, and your rights as a survivor of domestic abuse:
Family Services of Southeast Texas announced this week that they will expand their Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program to include a weekly class in Orange. “Our classes in Beaumont and Port Arthur have been very successful,” said Executive Director Janet Walker. “We are excited to expand the services we offer in Orange County.”
The Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is an effective way to hold family violence offenders accountable for their behavior. It teaches