Another October is here and, sadly, we still need this month to serve as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
In Texas, shoes are hanging from the trees by a county courthouse – one pair for every person who died there of domestic assault in the preceding year.
One hundred twenty-six people. In Walker County alone.
The special events coordinator of the “In Their Shoes” event reminds us of the pervasiveness of domestic violence in our society.
“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happening between all family types Ã¢â‚¬â€ siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, roommates Ã¢â‚¬â€ and no age group is safe.Ã¢â‚¬Â
She also emphasizes an important, often overlooked message: “[a]buse can be emotional, verbal, financial, sexual or physical.”