The JWC DA's office promotes domestic violence awareness between courthouse employees.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is promoted with the color purple. This is the second year the District Attorney’s Office decorates a tree in honor of the victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence and the survivors that have made it out of their abusive relationships. 

Each October DA Carlos Omar Garcia challenges courthouse employees to join him and his staff members in wearing something purple for the entire month of October. Lanyards decorated with purple ribbons and an informational sheet were distributed to all employees to jump start the challenge. Visitors at the Jim Wells County Courthouse can find buttons, lanyards, pencils, pens, ribbons and safety literature at the DA’s informational table located on the first floor.

Every nine seconds a woman in the U.S. is assaulted or beaten. Every day in the U.S., more than three women are murdered by their husbands, boyfriends, ex-husbands or ex-boyfriends.

Annually, up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence.

Batterers use a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure and sometimes kill a current or former partner.

Domestic violence victims face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks and other emotional distress. Domestic violence contributes to poor health for many survivors, including chronic conditions. Most women brought to emergency rooms due to domestic violence were socially isolated and had few social and financial resources.

Without help or educational statistics, girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to being abuse victims as teens and adults.

The DA’s Office asks you to speak up, speak out and raise awareness because silence hides the violence!

To join the DA’s office on social media at facebook.com/79thDAO, Twitter @79txda and Instagram @79thDAO, where a simple share of our posts might help someone you know. Upload your photos online using the tags #GoPurple, #TxDVAM, #TeamGarcia, and #DomesticViolenceAwareness to show the actions you’re taking to raise awareness. For additional statistics, safety information and resources, visitwww.79-districtattorney-tx.org.