October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Each year, more than 12 million Americans are affected by domestic violence. In Texas, one out of three women are affected by abuse at the hands of a significant other–with 23,000 adults and children seeking shelter just last year alone.
In honor of those affected, BCFS will hold its 6th annual candlelight vigil on October 29th. At BCFS Health and Human Services in Del Rio, Texas, we will pause to not only honor the victims, but to underscore the programs that help survivors and the fight to end domestic abuse for good.
The vigil, Igniting Hope: A Community Commitment to Stop Domestic Violence, will be held at Del Rio’s Civic Center at 7 p.m.
Those joining BCFS Health and Human Services at the vigil will be leaders in the community, advocates and local families. At the vigil, the names of every victim who lost their life to domestic violence this year will be read aloud to remember their name and story. Other local partners collaborating on the vigil include the Mexican and Guatemalan Consulates, Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office, New Horizon Women’s and Children’s Shelter and Quad Counties Council, as well as many others.
“It’s a common misconception that physical violence is the only symptom of an abusive environment,” says Delia Ramos, interim director for the BCFS center in Del Rio. “But there are many ways individuals can be victimized, like suffering emotional manipulation and intimidation. No one has a right to abuse someone else. It’s important to recognize these heinous acts for what they are – abuse – and encourage victims to seek help.”
BCFS Health and Human Services’ Del Rio Domestic Violence
Through BCFS Health and Human Services’ Del Rio Domestic Violence (DRDV) program, victims of domestic abuse in Del Rio and Val Verde Counties are provided safety, support and resources to stop their victimization. Support includes an array of services such as:
- Crisis & domestic violence hotline 24 hours a day – Call 830-768-2755
- Access to emergency medical care
- Intervention/safety planning
- Legal assistance in civil and criminal cases
- Face-to-face services for victims
- Referral system to existing community resources within the county
- Education for and collaboration with law enforcement and community agencies
- Community awareness through local media, newsletters and events
Furthermore, DRDV provides community outreach through its Child Safe Project, self-defense classes and the establishment of “Safe Homes” in collaboration with the Del Rio Police Department to implement a neighborhood watch. To date, five “Safe Neighborhoods” have been established in the area.
In the last year, BCFS’ Del Rio Domestic Violence program provided treatment and recovery services to 93 adults and 70 children affected by domestic violence.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-779-SAFE (7233) or call BCFS Health and Human Services at 830-768-2755. All help is free and confidential.
BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.