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October marks the 25th anniversary of observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month supporters and advocates hold awareness activities in the community which seek to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, connect those who work to end violence and educate the public.
To raise awareness, the Commissioners Court approved a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Hidalgo County. Rosalinda Rodriguez, Community Education Coordinator for Mujeres Unidas, accepted the proclamation and thanked the court for their continued support. She expressed the need for violent offenders to be charged and prosecuted in order to end the cycle of violence in the home.
Domestic violence is more than just the occasional family dispute, almost three women are killed by their husbands and boyfriends in Texas every week. Women are not the only targets; children and the elderly can also be victims of domestic violence and, sadly, emotional scars are often permanent. A coalition of organizations has emerged to directly confront the crisis. This includes law enforcement officials, those involved with shelters and hotline services, healthcare providers, clergy and other concerned citizens. The County of Hidalgo commends the numerous volunteers and professionals and joins in efforts to increase public understanding of this important problem.