Domestic Violence Forum and Vigil

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Stop the Cover Up! Domestic Violence Forum and Vigil.

Stop the Cover Up: Cameron County D.A. Luis Saenz promotes education for teens and young adults during Octobers Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Saenz is focusing on empowering youth to recognize signs of abuse, report it, and stop the cycle within their families. 

The event is Thursday, October 17th from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.

There will be community resources, performances, guest speakers, an art contest, and refreshments.

The banner with this year’s outreach theme, “Stop the Cover Up”, is now on display for visitors to the Cameron County Courthouse to see, a message to victims and offenders that domestic violence will NOT be tolerated. Mr. Saenz and his team will spend most of the month informing and educating the public on what domestic violence is, what the signs are, and what community resources are available for victims. They fill focus on teaching their target audience, adolescents, teenagers, and young adults, what a healthy relationship is and how to maintain it. Today, they began their month long series of presentations at Port Isabel High School, and will continue daily at various Cameron County high schools, rounding out with events at two local college campuses.

Domestic Violence (Family Violence) Awareness Month is nationally recognized each year in the month of October in the United States. Domestic or family violence comes in many forms, and is defined by a pattern of behaviors exhibited by one partner to include physical, verbal, mental, sexual, economic, and even technological abuse on another in an intimate relationship. Victims of domestic violence will often fall into a “cycle”, often choosing to stay in the relationship for various reasons, including fear of their abuser and lack of financial resources or shelter, among others. Domestic violence victims come from all walks of life including different genders, religions, ages, and ethnicities, but most commonly are females. In 1981m the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence began the DVAM movement to connect victims with advocates across the United States.

National statistics show: ? 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence yearly ? 85% of victims are women ? 835,000 men are victims of domestic violence yearly ? 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime ? 48.4% of women have experienced some form of DV ? Most cases are never reported to the police ? In both women and men, 18-24 year olds are most prone to partner violence

To learn more about this event, or to get help with domestic violence, contact: Victoria Cisneros Phone: (956) 509-2522 Email: 

Cameron County Administration 964 E. Harrison Street ? 4th Floor ? Brownsville, Texas 78520 Mainline: 956.544.0849 Fax: 956.544.0869

CCDA Educational Efforts

Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz wants to remind everyone that any type of domestic violence is not only harmful and hurtful to victims and their families, but it is also a crime. The team at the CCDA continues to grow their effort to stop the cycle of violence before it starts by educating high school and college aged students during the month of October. For the second year, Mr. Saenz, First Administrative Assistant District Attorney Edward Sandoval, and Community Outreach Coordinator Yvette Vela will undertake a tour of schools in selected school districts within Cameron County during the first two weeks of October. The presentation, will help them identify family violence, look for signs, and put them in touch with local resources, including community agencies that are available to assist victims. During the third week, the CCDA is teaming up with Texas Southmost College in Brownsville and Texas State Technical College in Harlingen to host forums on domestic violence, which will allow students to ask questions and seek support from organizations and law enforcement agencies. In the coming weeks, we will be sending out additional invitations to the media to join us for these events.

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