Domestic abuse

KATY (Covering Katy News) - A program designed to give a voice to domestic abuse victims who have been murdered will be held this month in Katy. October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. 

Victims of domestic violence fail to have a voice once the violence has escalated to homicide. The Silent Witness Project is a way for these victims to have their story told.

Katy Christian Ministries will host its annual Silent Witness event, October 24th, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Westland Baptist Church, 1407 W Grand Pkwy S, Katy, TX 77494.

This free community event includes dinner by U R Way Catering, a proclamation from the City of Katy, Mayor Bill Hastings, a keynote speaker, and live music.

The event also features a traveling exhibit of life-sized silhouettes, one representing each man, woman, and child who was murdered due to Domestic Violence in Harris, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties in 2018. Each silhouette will feature a plaque with the story of a victim, and is eye-opening to readers about just how far the issue of Domestic Violence reaches into our community.

The Texas Council on Family Violence, recently announced statewide statistics on domestic violence. According to TCFV, there were 211 domestic violence victims murdered in the State of Texas in 2018. Out of this rising statistic, 53 of the victims were from Harris County, and 3 were from Fort Bend County. There were no deaths in Waller County.

“We will be honoring the lives lost in our tri-county area, and you can read their stories on the silhouettes exhibited and hope you will join us," said KCM executive director Deysi Crespo.

The evening will begin with a meet and greet time, then dinner as guests will hear from Keynote Speaker Tonia Moultry, of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Moultry is traveling from Washington D.C. to address this important issue with event guests.

Key community leaders who have joined in the fight against domestic violence will also be in attendance. This year’s recipient of “The Brittany Whalen Rumsey Award of Excellence” will be Sergeant John A. Klafka of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for his outstanding work in assisting victims of violent crime.

“Prevention starts with awareness. The KCM Crisis Center works diligently to provide the community with events which shed light on dark topics such as sexual abuse and domestic violence,” said Susan Hastings, KCM Crisis Center Director. “The mission of this project is to remind us of the impact of domestic homicides and family violence within our community.”

The KCM Crisis Center offers many highly confidential, free services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, including emergency crisis intervention, safety planning, accompaniment to hospital, court, and law enforcement appointments, assistance with legal paperwork, support groups, counseling and even operates a 24 hour hotline for domestic violence and sexual abuse.

HOTLINES

● Domestic Abuse:

281-391-HELP (4357)

● Sexual Abuse:

281-693-RAPE (7273)

Non-emergency assistance:

● Domestic Abuse: 281-391-4504

● Sexual Assault: 281-391-5262

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