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A sea of purple took over Commissioners Court today in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Dozens of families, teens, victims’ advocates, law enforcement, and members of the District Attorney's Victims Unit attended a Purple Day Awareness Fair and news conference at the County Courthouse prior to Commissioners Court.
Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr. alongside a large group of supporters accepted a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“We are working to educate the public about the resources available for victims of domestic violence,” said Rodriguez.”
The impact of domestic violence is wide-ranging, directly affecting individuals and society as a whole, here in this community, throughout the United States, and in the world.
Domestic Violence is a serious issue in Hidalgo County. In 2015, 5,505 cases of family violence were reported to local enforcement agencies in Hidalgo County. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,852 calls for family violence incidents, which equates to 36 percent of the calls that were made to deputies.
Among the guest in attendance was Aaron Setliff, Public Policy Director for Texas Council on Family Violence, who has been working with the legislative to secure $150 million in funding for family violence services, including funds for Hidalgo County.
“Thank you for having me here today to make Hidalgo County a shining light for the rest of Texas,” said Setliff. “I’m happy to be here today working with Commissioners Court to help end domestic violence."
The crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy, dignity, security, and humanity; due to the systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control.
“Thank you for your efforts in this regard, it’s important to address family, and other related issues that need to be brought out in the open to be recognized and talked about in order to be stopped,” said County Judge Ramon Garcia.