The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s office is making sure victims of domestic violence have more options on where to go to file a protective order against their abuser.
“Unfortunately through the state of Texas, Hidalgo County does have many victims of domestic violence,” said District Attorney, Ricardo Rodriguez.
Last year, the D.A.’s office had 1,600 people file for a protective order, and now they’re making sure victims have more places to go to file an order.
“Now you can go to Weslaco police, Edinburg police, the Sheriff’s office, Mujeres Unidas and our office as well,” said Rodriguez.
Filing a protective order will make sure an abuser, whether it’s family violence, stalking, sexual assault or other crimes can not come within a certain distance of the victim.
“There are a lot of victims here in Hidalgo County and the District Attorney takes a lot of them, so having it at different locations including the Edinburg Police Department, it helps minimize travel time or getting away from work or getting away from the abuser,” said Investigator Sarah Rodriguez with Edinburg police.
Just because you get a protective order does not mean you need to file charges, as many victims do not want their abuser to end up behind bars.
“Even if you decide not to file charges against the suspect, the abuser, you can still come here and help you for the paperwork for the protective order as well as help you with housing, jobs anything else you may need,” said Rodriguez.