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Freedom From a Hostage Situation

Boarded windows, doors locked from the outside. There was no escape for Jennifer and her son. For six months, the person she thought had loved her – the person she had loved – physically, sexually, and verbally abused her and refused to let her leave the...

Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence

We at Family Services of Southeast Texas were profoundly saddened by the unspeakable violence that occurred in Sutherland Springs on Sunday. The public is still learning about the shooter’s past but we do know that there was a history of domestic violence. ...

Family Services interviewed for Public Radio International

Thirty-two domestic violence programs in Texas were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter was closed for 16 days and is still undergoing lots of repairs. Countless survivors – both those in shelter, and those without –...

Shelter Family Room Gets a Facelift

If you’ve ever been to Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter, you know that it is housed in a 60-year-old former nursing home complex. By its very nature, it is just very institutional looking. As social workers, we recognize that comfort is very...

5 Expert Tips to Prevent Domestic Violence

Part 3 of a series on domestic violence prevention. See Part 1 and Part 2. 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…...

Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

Part 2 in a series about domestic violence prevention. See Part 1, Part 3 Recently, Family Services hosted a Panel Discussion featuring the Southeast Texas Domestic Violence Task Force.  The subject of the discussion was domestic violence prevention.  But, before we...