Although there are over 70 domestic violence shelters in Texas, there aren't enough beds to meet the needs of those seeking emergency shelter. That's because there are over 500 incidents of domestic violence reported each day in Texas. In 2015, there were nearly 15,870 unmet requests for shelter.
Shelter isn't always available. But what if there was family or a friend willing to help? What if shelter is available in another city or state? We are a solution for those seeking help from family for shelter, for getting to shelter that's far away, and for relocation following emergency shelter.Learn more
Our mission is to transport victims of domestic abuse to safety.
We want to make it easier for people to get away from abusive relationships.
We provide one-time one-way transportation to reunite with family or get to shelter.
It's so easy to say "Why not just leave?" Nevermind the flip side of why doesn't the abuser just leave. Domestic violence at its core is about control. Here are a few ways that abusive partners assert control in relationships.
By controlling money in a relationship, abusive partners prevent freedom. They may take earned money and not allow access to it, or watch over every penny. Preventing employment is also control.
Abusive partners may lie, threaten, intimidate, disrespect, and manipulate their partner. Verbal attacks are an abuser's attempt to maintain control and may be an early sign of a rocky relationship.
Stalking isn't just for ex's. Some abusive partners monitor their partner's every move. From phone trackers to hidden cameras to constant texts and calls, this behavior is another form of control.
Forcing sex, sabotaging birth control and physical violence during intercourse are ways of exerting control over a partner. Sexual exploits may serve as blackmail against the victim for seeking help.
Hacking into social media accounts, devices and email is a form of surveillance- and control. It communicates to the victim that she/he can't have privacy or freedom. It also makes it hard to signal for help.
This is a non-verbal threat that if the abuser isn't satisfied, there will be more pain and punishment. Intensity and frequency tends to increase over time. Healthy relationships don't involve punishment.
Verbal and non-verbal threats of harm to others like family and friends keep victims afraid to seek help or leave. If recorded or witnessed, these threats may be useful in court against the abusive partner.
If the victim is dead, they can't tell others about what's been going on. Murder is the ultimate cover-up to a history of abusive and violent behavior. It's also the most damaging for everyone involved.
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