EDINBURG – The Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force, will commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the third annual “Purple Day” informational fair on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside the Hidalgo County Courthouse.
Domestic Violence is a serious issue in Hidalgo County. In 2015, 5,505 cases of family violence were reported to local enforcement agencies in Hidalgo County. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,852 calls for family violence incidents, which equates to 36 percent of the calls that were made to deputies.
“The reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. “Many victims suffer in silence and we need to do everything we can to help shed light on the issue, and to let the victims know that they are not alone; that there are resources, programs, and services available to help them.”
According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, more than one in three Texas women are victims of domestic violence and more than 100 women lose their lives in domestic violence murders each year.
According to the National Crime Victims Coalition, every year 1.3 million women suffer family violence by their intimate partner. This is translated to 3,869 women a day; more shocking this equals to 3 women suffering a form of family violence every minute of the day! In addition, 3 women die every day due to acts of family violence.
“Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity for Hidalgo County to demonstrate its support for the victims of domestic violence,” Rodriguez said. “Moreover, it is a key opportunity to educate the public about domestic violence and the prevalence of this epidemic.”
The fair will include booths from several domestic violence support organizations, including: Mujeres Unidas; Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office; Nueva Luz Foundation; Rio Grande Valley Families and Friends of Murdered Children; Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Safe H.A.V.E.N; RGV Children’s Bereavement Center; Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid; Children’s Advocacy Center; CASA of Hidalgo County; Safe Heaven for Kids; Angels of Love; UTRGV Office of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention; Fuerza Del Valle; L.R.G.V.D.C; South Texas College; and Crime Victims Liaisons from Peñitas PD, Weslaco PD, HCSO, Sullivan City PD, Hidalgo PD, Pharr PD, and San Juan PD. In addition, students from South Texas College and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley will present the Gravestone Project, to honor and remember all the victims that have lost their lives due to domestic violence.
The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to wear purple in support of Domestic Abuse Awareness.