“Domestic abuse takes all shapes and forms. It is not relationship, gender or age specific. It can be physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional. Many hide the truth, what occurs behind closed doors, to protect those they love. Even to protect the one committing the abuse. Always remember that love NEVER says ‘if I can’t be with you, no one else can be with you.’ Love does not promote fear or shame. We join others in saying… NO MORE.”
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.
Resources for Domestic Violence Survivors
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call theNational Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.
Phoebe’s Home is a 24-hour emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in the Brazos Valley. Services are provided at no cost in all seven counties: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington. In addition to services made available to non-residents, Phoebe’s Home provides emergency shelter, nutritional meals, laundry facilities, daily needs (toiletries, clothing), transportation, and recreational activities for its residents.
Hotline: (979) 775-5355
General Info: (979) 775-2255
Since 1994, the Brazos County Coalition Against Domestic Violence has addressed domestic violence in Brazos County through prevention, advocacy and change. BCCADV members are representatives from local law enforcement agencies, social services agencies, Texas A&M, Blinn, and the community-at-large. For Domestic Violence Resources in the Brazos Valley or to get involved in prevention and advocacy, contact BCCADV at brazoscountydvcoalition@gma
The Sexual Assault Resource Center will begin its 86th Advocate Training Class on Monday, October 17. The training class is open to all individuals interested in serving as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, their family members, and loved ones. Training is free, and advocates will be certified through the Office of Attorney General upon completion. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Caroline Adams or Alexandria Sehon at (979) 731-1000 between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday; or visit www.sarcbv.org. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and pass a criminal background check. For more information or to submit your application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.