Local Organizations Speak Out Against Domestic Violence 12/27/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
December 27, 2012
Odessa - After CBS 7 looked into Davis' past, the man accused of shooting and killing his wife and seriously injuring his stepson, jail records show that police arrested Davis just two weeks ago for threatening a family member with a weapon but bonded out.
The story has brought up talks of domestic violence.
Family members say the Davis family had a history of domestic violence.
In fact, Davis bonded out of jail just two weeks ago after threatening a family member.
Cases of domestic violence are not uncommon in our area..
According to DPS, in 2010 there were close to 4,000 reported incidents of family violence in west Texas.
Family counselors we spoke with say often times victims will make several cries out for help.
“According to statistics, a victim will make a cry out for help eight times. After the eighth time, it usually results in a homicide like in the most recent case a few days ago,” Janet Edington, a therapist with Centers for Children and Families said.
Edington added that signs of domestic violence include victims not being allowed to speak to family members, being called names and physical violence.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence there's help out there.
Counselors say to contact a close friend or even the police department to make an escape plan.
Organizations, like Safe Place, it provides secure and confidential emergency shelter for victims and their children.
Here’s contact information for Safe Place: 24-hour Emergency Hotline
- 432-570-1465 or 1-800-967-8928 MIDLAND - Counseling, legal advocacy, or support groups
- 432-570-1465 ODESSA - Counseling, legal advocacy, or support groups
- 432-580-5970 LAMESA - Legal advocacy and support groups
- 806-872-0497 OUTSIDE MIDLAND / ODESSA - Victims' services
- 1-800-967-8928 Outside the Permian Basin call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
- 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE)