Carmen and all,
I have worked with domestic violence over the years in various Hou agencies.
The PRIME place is Women's Area Resource Center and they have branches
713-528-2121 (if you need help NOW)
Domestic violence is a wicked syndrome; there is tons of lit on the web
describing the cycle of violence. There are psychodynamics between the
Perpetrator and the Victim that usually require professional counseling if
not law enforcement intervention. Most women take their children and go to
shelters and there are several in the Hou area. ANY physical contact is a
felony assault and the woman should call the police or Sheriff, depending on
where they live. About 70% do NOT press charges; many just suffer through
the episodes of violence. The various agencies (Fort Bend Women's Center,
for example) maintain lists of approved counselors-they may be social
workers up thru MD psychiatrists.
There are national domestic violence hotlines also. For the sake of getting
you this basic stuff, I'll send that soon.
Ribbons N Rags\
Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth--Will Rogers
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful
than a life spent doing nothing.--George Bernard Shaw
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their
guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.--Mark Twain
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