New study shows what you should know about domestic violence

Recent news report released during domestic violence awareness month shows an INCREASE in the number of women killed in TEXAS.The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) recently released a news report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts.

Some key statistics include:
• 132 women were killed in 59 counties
• The youngest victim was 16 and the oldest victim was 90
• Harris County has the highest number of deaths at 23
• Dallas and Tarrant had the second highest with 10 murders in each county
• El Paso and Bexar had the third highest with 5 murders in each county
• 77% of the women were killed at home
• 67%- The leading cause of death is firearms
• 14% were stabbed
• 7% were strangled
• Leaving Does Not Equal Safety- 43 women had ended the relationship 15 married women were separated from their husbands, 8 women were in the process of leaving 

Here are signs of an abusive relationship: (Shared by Helping Guide)

Your Inner Thoughts and Feelings
Do you:

  • feel afraid of your partner much of the time?
  • avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
  • believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?
  • wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?
  • feel emotionally numb or helpless?
Your Partner’s Belittling Behavior
Does your partner:

  • humiliate or yell at you?
  • criticize you and put you down?
  • treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?
  • ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?
  • blame you for their own abusive behavior?
  • see you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?
Your Partner’s Violent Behavior or Threats
Does your partner:

  • have a bad and unpredictable temper?
  • hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?
  • threaten to take your children away or harm them?
  • threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
  • force you to have sex?
  • destroy your belongings?
Your Partner’s Controlling Behavior
Does your partner:

  • act excessively jealous and possessive?
  • control where you go or what you do?
  • keep you from seeing your friends or family?
  • limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?
  • constantly check up on you?

Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence and needs help can call the SafeHaven Hotline: 877-701-SAFE (7233) or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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