Charity Spotlight: Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS) has been helping victims of domestic violence in San Antonio since 1977.
They host a number of events throughout the year, raising funds to support their many services. Among these is the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of Bexar County.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Odds are, there is someone in your life who struggles or has struggled with domestic violence. 74% of all Texans have experienced some form of domestic violence or have a friend or family member who has experienced it. 31% of all Texans report that they have been severely abused at some point in their lifetime. Some more statistics:
- One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- Almost one in three female homicide victims reported in police records were killed by an intimate partner.
- One in six women and one in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
- Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of abusive relationships.
What Can We Do to Help?
We are collecting items this month to support the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of Bexar County. This very important service offered by FVPS gives women and their children a safe haven as they leave an abusive situation. Our donations will go toward providing their clients emergency food, clothing, personal care items and baby and child care items. Here is a link to their wish list. I’ve also put a short version in the event listing.
If you or someone you know is afraid about something in their relationship, the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter helps with the following resources:
- 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Hotline: 210-733-8810
- Individual and Group Counseling for Women and Children
- On-site Attorneys
- On-site Adult Education
- Case Management
- Transitional Housing
- On-site Primary Medical and Dental Care