Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA) would like to thank you for supporting our efforts to help low-income Texans protect themselves and their families while rebuilding their lives.

The numbers are astounding.  The Texas Council on Family Violence estimates that every year more than 180,000 incidents of family violence occur and more than 100 women lose their lives at the hands of their intimate partners.  Between 1998 and 2005, more than 800 Texas women lost their lives due to domestic violence.

Julie almost became one of those women.

Over a 15-year period Julie and her children suffered abuse at the hands of her husband, Robert. She always hoped that someone would notice and reach out to help her — that someone would see her bruises and take the time to point her towards safety.  But that never happened. Every time she tried to leave Robert, financial difficulties led her right back to him.

Finally, after her husband beat her unconscious with a baseball bat in front of her children, Julie left for good. She went to a local shelter who put her in touch with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.  TRLA helped her get a divorce and protect herself and her children.

In Julie’s own words, “Without TRLA, I have no doubt that I would still be running and hiding from Robert and searching for a way out.

Domestic violence continues to be an issue facing low-income Texans and everyday TRLA meets numerous men, women, and children who are struggling to get out of abusive situations.

TRLA does what it can — we ensure that domestic violence victims have access to legal protection the moment that they turn to a shelter for help.  Our attorneys also help domestic violence victims file protective orders, file for divorce, and battle for child custody to maximize their ability to rebuild their lives.

Thus far in 2008, TRLA has helped more than 5,000 low-income Texans leave their abuser and start anew. That’s 5,000 people whose lives were at risk and are now safe.

On behalf of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, thank you for your continued support in bringing access to justice for low-income Texans.

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