Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence. As private investigators, we often see the ugly side of people and our world. But certainly one of the most upsetting situations we encounter is violence in the home. If there is one place where we should all feel safe and protected, it is in our home. This is one of the primary reasons we at Owens Investigations want to help promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month each year during the month of October.

Sometimes I think we should find a different term. Domestic Violence sounds somewhat clinical.

Wife beater. Child abuse. Broken bones. Closed fist punches. Fear. Threats. Pain. Bruises. Shame. Terror. Desperation. Hopelessness.

Feel different now? I do. Just typing those words brings up a flood of emotional responses and mental images.

In 2011, which is the last year for which the Department of Justice has compiled statistics, there were over 800,000 instances of domestic violence in the United States. Can you imagine that? Over 800,000 people threatened, injured, or terrorized by someone they know intimately. In these instances, over 76% of the victims were female, and almost 24% were male. So while we often think of domestic violence as a man hurting a woman (which it is 3/4 of the time), men are victims as well.

If you are in a situation where you are a victim of domestic violence, please, please let this sink in. There is help for you. There are organizations that are ready to help, and people who will believe you, understand what you are going through, and can help you find your way through this dark place in your life to a better, brighter, happier, and safer future.

Helping people deal with Domestic Violence is not what our company specializes in. However, if you don’t know what to do or where to turn, you can call or email us, and we will put you in touch with the people that can really help you.

 

Help Available in the Dallas – Ft. Worth Metroplex

Here in the Dallas area, there are several organizations that are well respected and ready to help those suffering from domestic abuse. They care, and they want to help. We do not have any direct affiliation with any of them. We just want you to know where you can turn to get help. The following organizations are located in Dallas, Colin, and Tarrant counties, and are ready to help you right now. Today. This very moment. Call them.

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support 
214-946-HELP  (4357)  – 24 hour hotline

Hope’s Door
972-422-SAFE (7233) – 24 hour crisis line

New Beginning Center 
972-276-0057 – 24 hour crisis hotline

SafeHaven 
877-701-SAFE (7233) – Hotline

 

Wear a Purple Ribbon

Domestic Violence Awareness Month RibbonIf you are looking for ways to help, there are many. Each of the organizations offer ways for you to help, and a simple Google search will reveal even more. If you want to support the fact that this is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, how about donning a purple ribbon and sharing with those who ask about Domestic Violence. Statistics show that you almost certainly know someone who has been or is currently a victim. Anything we can do to make it safer for people to seek help will be an improvement. People don’t deserve to live in fear. We constantly hear the refrain that we are the most powerful country in the world. If so, our wives, husbands, and children should all have a safe home to live in where they can feel secure and protected. Let’s all work together to bring an end to domestic violence.

 

 

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Keith Owens is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

 

 

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