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Domestic Violence Not a Women’s Issue

It’s estimated an average of three women are battered or abused every hour in this country. The police department and local shelters are changing the message about family violence. They say it’s not a women’s issue. It’s not a women’s issue because it really comes down to a problem for men. That’s the message the […]

It’s estimated an average of three women are battered or abused every hour in this country. The police department and local shelters are changing the message about family violence. They say it’s not a women’s issue.

It’s not a women’s issue because it really comes down to a problem for men. That’s the message the Houston Police Department and the Houston Area Women’s Center is sending through a series of billboards and public service announcements. Women’s Center President Ellen Cohen says it’s time to get responsible men involved in the fight against domestic violence.

By getting the message out to men, Cohen says they are hoping to get more male leadership and mentoring started in schools, churches and boy scout groups. Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt intiated the campaign between the department and the women’s center. He says the department conducts ongoing training for officers because a lot has changed over the years in how law enforcement responds to domestic violence.

The billboard campaign shows a picture of a young girl with a bruised and blackened eye. The slogan says Abusers are Losers and encourages people to call the Domestic Violence hotline 713-528-2121. Cohen says the primary target audience is men, but she is hoping women who might not otherwise have called will decide to seek help.

Last year HPD received reports of more than 31,000 cases of family violence. Cohen says clearly many more cases, perhaps thousands more are never reported.

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