Standing Against Domestic Violence

LUFKIN, TX(KTRE)-The Family Crisis Center of East Texas held the "In Their Memory We Stand" ceremony today, a silent vigil commemorating domestic violence victims all across Texas.

Margi Preston, Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center says, "85 victims of domestic violence in Texas, the youngest one  being 13 and the oldest being 83, so its really a large variance."

Volunteers, family, friends, and even survivors stood wearing the names of women and men that have fallen victim to a violent crime.

Today is more than just a moment to remember victims, everyone gathered is standing in line to say domestic violence must stop.

Just ask Maria Rodriguez, a mother who lost her daughter, Claudia Rodriguez. Now she only has her grandson, after Claudia's boyfriend killed her in 2007.

Rodriguez says, "We really don't know what happened but we think they were arguing and he shot her in the head, I don't know for what reason."

According to the Texas Council On Family Violence, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends everyday in America. But survivors say they relationships don't have to end that way.

Domestic violence survivor, Carrie Meire says, "Don't let death part you, because that's their ultimate goal is to let death part you. Everybody that died in 2007 because of domestic violence, they let death part them but there are others ways."

One ways is to ask for help. from family, a church or even the Family Crisis Center. Either way someone is willing to help.

"All you have to do is take that step out. You don't have to believe in yourself, because other people believe in you, the belief in yourself will come," says Meire.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Family Crisis Center of East Texas 24-hour hotline at 1-800-7233.