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Observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Texas

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So across the country and across the state, many individuals and organizations are looking to recognize the many victims of domestic violence this month. FOX News reports that in 2008, 136 women were murdered in Texas by their intimate partners. This number represents 39 percent of all women that were murdered during that same year.

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas is promoting awareness of domestic violence by putting out pumpkins outside of the Angelina County Courthouse. Each of the 111 pumpkins surrounding the courthouse represents a life lost to domestic violence in 2009. Many people across the state of Texas can also be seen wearing a purple ribbon, which is supposed to be a unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor and dedication in the fight to end domestic violence. The purple ribbon campaign began through efforts of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project in Pennsylvania and is supposed to be a type of demonstration to support victims and advocates for the cause.

Victims of domestic violence in Texas will often contact a Houston family law attorney if they're looking to file civil charges against their abuser or if they're looking to get a protective order in place to prevent future domestic violence incidents. Allegations of domestic violence also have a significant impact on family law cases dealing with divorce, child custody, visitation and alimony. Many Texas family law attorneys know a great deal of information when it comes to domestic-violence related claims. For more information, visit our Related Resources links.

Related Resources:

  • Domestic Violence: Taking Action FAQ (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Domestic Violence Organizations (FindLaw)

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