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Dealing With Domestic Violence in Our Community
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 • Posted June 27, 2013

Survivors resources and options

With the recent reports of violence in the area where do victims go to get the much needed help in our community? Is there a safe place for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault? What services do they offer and is there a cost involved? These questions are answered by The Haven Family Shelter of Brady.

The prevalence of domestic violence is undeniable with the headline news of celebrities involved such as pop star Chris Brown, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather and actor Mel Gibson. The statistics are startling, around the world, one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. This problem encompasses both male and female, every year in the U.S., about 3.2 million men are the victims of an assault by an intimate partner. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, men account for approximately 15% of the victims of reported intimate partner violence (February 2003).

Family violence represents a serious, preventable public health problem affecting more than 25 million American women. Moreover, intimate partner violence is a crime. In Texas, for calendar year 2010, 142 women were killed by their husband or ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. Undoubtedly additional victims of intimate partner femicide remain uncounted. This is according to the Texas on Council on Family Violence.

THE AVAILABILITY OF CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS UNDER THE CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS ACT OF 2004

The rights provided by the Crime Victims’ Rights Act are guaranteed from the time that criminal proceedings are initiated (by complaint, information, or indictment) and cease to be available if all charges are dismissed either voluntarily or on the merits (or if the Government declines to bring formal charges after the filing of a complaint).

The Haven of Brady helps victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in McCulloch, Menard and Mason County. Services are offered to residents and non-residents free of charge and range from preventive safety planning to emergency shelter after a victim has been assaulted. Other services that The Haven offers are 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, Legal Advocacy, Case Management, Licensed Professional Counseling, Community Referrals, Bilingual Services, Assistance with filing the Texas Crime Victims Compensation and Public Education and Training in the Community and Schools.

The Haven partners with local and state wide agencies to help victims navigate the system and become self-sufficient. The Texas Council on Family Violence, Texas Advocacy Project, Texas Legal Services Center, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid are some of the legal resources.

For more information, if you are a victim of domestic violence or know of someone who needs our services call the local hotline 325-597-7644 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

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