San Angelo’s Family Shelter commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

San Angelo’s Family Shelter commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to demonstrate unity and honor survivors.

Each year, the Family Shelter in San Angelo hosts events in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Monday, a balloon release marked the beginning of the month.

“The community is so supportive of everything that we do there just, they’re just wonderful and so they’re always here to help us when we need it and survivors. We have survivors who still participate in our services and who still contact us 10 and 15 years later,” Family Shelter Executive Director of Cognitive Development, Jeri Slone, said. 

Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence show on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by the intimate partner in the United States. In Texas, 40 percent of women and 35 percent of men in their lifetime experience violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner. 

In an effort to reduce those numbers, the Family Shelter has made its mission to raise awareness. 

“We are one phone call away, that’s all it takes… It’s one phone call. We don’t judge, we don’t criticize. If you don’t want to leave that’s okay we’re here to help you and keep you safe,” Slone said. 

There are several resources available for victims in the Concho Valley. 

“We have emergency shelter, a place for victims and their families to get away from the abuse and the dangerous time but our services are so much more than that. You don’t have to live in the shelter to receive our services. We have counseling, we have legal advocacy, we have all kinds of services for victims and their children,” Slone said. 

To continue the month of awareness, there will be a candlelight vigil and wreath-laying ceremony Thursday, Oct. 27. 

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