Inside East Texas: “Women's Shelter of East Texas / Domestic Violence”

It's a crime that affects thousands upon thousands of mostly women in just the state of Texas.  Chances are, you may know someone yourself who could be a victim and not even know it.  The month of October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Last year in Texas, there were 183,440 family violence incidents.  That's the most since 1997. Research shows that domestic violence is not limited to the home.  The U.S. Department of Justice says that husbands and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year.

The October 19, 2003 broadcast of Inside East Texas focuses on bringing awareness to the problem.  Host Stuart Burson will be speaking with someone who sees the results of domestic violence on a first hand basis.  Our show guest will be Virginia Lewis, who is the director of the Women's Shelter of East Texas.

We will have some advice for women on getting out of an abusive relationship, where to go for help, and share some of the success stories of women who lived to tell their story. Ms. Lewis and her staff play a very vital role in helping the women who come to the shelter for assistance to get back on their feet and seek the counseling that they need.


Stuart Burson


Virginia Lewis, Director, Women's Shelter of East Texas

Contributing Correspondents

Alex Carias