Thanks to modern media, people have become increasingly, if not fully, aware of the existence of domestic violence and its impact on families here in Houston and throughout the rest of the U.S. Domestic violence is a global concern and it is often assumed that the victims are generally women, children and the elderly and that the abuser is male.
The nation's volatile economy predicated the recent spending cut that was implemented in March 2013. Government-funded programs are some of the most affected. Funding for programs that support victims of domestic violence and sexual and spousal abuse are those that are facing sequestration. Sadly, more and more victims in Texas are in need of these services.
Family violence can be physical, emotional or even a combination of both. In Houston, Texas, a pregnant teenage girl stood her ground against her parents, who both attempted to coerce her with extreme measures to have an abortion. The case is an unfortunate example of family violence by means of emotional distress.
There are many things that need to happen before the problem of domestic violence can at least be reduced, and it requires that many parties work together. Law enforcement, the courts, politicians, local agencies, families, private charities, attorneys and judges need to all be involved in making the situation better.
The Texas Council of Family Violence blames the domestic violence problem in part on the tendency of Texans to excuse the violence for other reasons. Individuals in our state sometimes blame the victim or other circumstances for why the domestic violence occurs, and too often the perpetrator of the violence is let off of the hook.