Shelter a first step for domestic violence victims

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Jennifer Hawks, director of advocacy and outreach for the Family Abuse Center, in Waco, speaks to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently about the clients she serves, some of which are from Limestone County. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Domestic abuse cuts across all socio-economic, class, racial and religious lines, and affects people in Limestone County – maybe even someone you know. Maybe even you.

Jennifer Hawks is director of advocacy and outreach for the Family Abuse Center, in Waco, which serves victims of domestic violence cases in Limestone County. She said she has seen more victims come forward from this county – and is glad.

“While that’s not a good thing that they’re experiencing more domestic violence, we’re fixing to step up our efforts,” she explains.

Also, she notes, when numbers are down, that may simply be a result of victims not reporting the abuse they have experienced.

Hawks addressed the Rotary Club of Mexia recently and spoke of the statistics of domestic violence in Limestone County. Statistics on domestic abuse are reported as part of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual crime report. The most recent report, which reflects what happeend in 2011, shows that in Limestone County that year, there were 193 incidents of domestic violence: 79 documented by the Sheriff’s Office, 15 by Groesbeck Police Department and 99 by Mexia Police Department

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