After filing for divorce, a San Antonio nurse sought a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband who, at the time, was purchasing and seemingly building up quite a collection of firearms. Before papers could be served, the husband murdered his pregnant wife and then committed suicide a few days later.
The tragedy this past week involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher's murder-suicide of himself and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins has brought domestic violence to the national stage front and center.
Though there has been an increase in women killed due to domestic violence during the year of 2011, what is called familicide (the killing of members of the entire nuclear family) has increased by 600 percent. There were six instances of familicide in 2011 as compared to 2010.
The highest rate reported domestic violence in the state of Texas occurs in Harris County. Unfortunately, Harris County also has the highest number of deaths that occur due to domestic violence as well.
Without question, resources for domestic violence are badly underfunded. That's why even a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation to a Texas domestic violence shelter is a newsworthy event.
The need for assistance in the battle against domestic violence is overwhelming. One particular Houston area resource named Project Hope continually is attempting to raise money to help victims remain free of domestic violence, but this Baytown organization is badly in need of additional funds itself.