Hays County Commissioners Court Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Hays County and urges all citizens to be aware of the problems of domestic violence and teen dating violence, which violate the basic human rights of safety and dignity.
The proclamation points out that these crimes are not confined to any one group of people, but cut across all economic, racial, gender and societal barriers and that the impact directly affects individuals and communities when society ignores or tolerates violence in relationships.
This year, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and police departments from Texas State University and the cities of Buda, Kyle and San Marcos are partnering with the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center to promote Domestic and Teen Dating Violence Awareness throughout Hays County communities, the university and high schools.
In 2015 the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center provided face-to-face services to more than 958 local victims of domestic violence and provided 8,455 days of shelter to affected individuals and families. That same year, 132 women were killed due to domestic violence in Texas.
Left to right, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Director of Community Partnerships Melissa Rodriguez and Executive Director Marla Johnson, Hays County Sheriff’s Office Victim Assistance Coordinator Beatrice Moreno, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, San Marcos Police Department Victim Assistance Coordinator Roya Williamson, Hays County District Attorney’s Office Lead Victim Assistance Coordinator Maggie Avalos and Victim Assistance Coordinator Jo Marie Montague, Karen Munoz of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant.