Domestic Violence Awareness

Angelina County (KTRE) - Several dozen people wearing purple shirts declaring "In Their Memory We Stand" lines Frank Street along the Angelina County Courthouse square.  They stood as a living memorial to those who lost their life due to an abusive relationship in 2007.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, a time set aside each year to promote community awareness and educate the public in hopes of freeing East Texas from violence.  "Domestic Violence touches each and every one of us in more ways than we could possibly imagine.  The cost of this violent crime is beyond comprehension," said Margi Preston, Executive Director for the Family Crisis Center of East Texas.  "Domestic violence is more than physical, emotional and verbal abuse.  Some victims pay with their lives."

It is estimated that on average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country each day.  That's according to the Texas Council on Family Violence.  In Angelina County last year there were three confirmed deaths related to domestic violence and at least 85 domestic violence related deaths in Texas in 2007.