Inside East Texas: "Domestic Violence"


In Texas, batterers between the ages of 20 and 24 accounted for the highest number of family violence incidents in 2000, with the second highest being batterers between ages 25 and 29. The majority of victims of family violence in Texas in 2000 were between the ages of 20 and 24. In 2000, there were more than 615 Texas law enforcement officers assaulted during the course of reported family violence incidents. The most common weapon involved in family violence cases in 2000 in Texas was physical force through the use of hands, feet and fists. Of all the women killed in 1997 in Texas, 35% were murdered by their intimate male partners. This is higher than the national average of 28% reported by the FBI (data from Texas Department of Public Safety).

In Deep East Texas alone, six children and three women were killed by domestic violence in 2001. The victims include a Center woman who was shot by her boyfriend and a Lufkin woman whose husband hit her in the head with a claw hammer as the couple’s three children watched. Those are some of the known cases. There are countless other cases here and nationwide that go unreported.

Many theories have been developed to explain why some men use violence against their partners. Family dysfunction, inadequate communication skills, provocation by women, stress, chemical dependency, lack of spirituality and economic hardship are often mentioned. These issues may be associated with battering of women, but they are not the causes.

Historically, society has not treated violence against women as a “real crime”, but that attitude is slowly changing. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, designed to better educate us about the problem and solutions that are available.

The October 20, 2002 Inside East Texas show was dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness. Host Tina Alexander talked with our guest, Virginia Lewis, Director of the Women’s Shelter of East Texas, about the perils of domestic violence, society’s role and attitude, and how victims can get help and get out. It was a very informative show with personal experiences from Ms. Lewis to help us put a face on the domestic violence problem and to let viewers know there is help available.

For more information you can go to the
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Web Site.


Tina Alexander


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

Contributing Correspondents

Reporter Donna McCollum
Reporter Jessica Cervantez


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website
Texas Department of Public Safety