Domestic Violence is an issue that continues being problematic in our community.
Although there has been a significant decrease in incidents reported to law enforcement in recent years, the number of women who seek assistance from the Winter Gardens Women’s Shelter (WGWS) has continued to increase on a yearly basis.
During the first three months of the new fiscal year, September- December there have been 72 women who have sought assistance through WGWS in Maverick County averaging to 24 cases per month.
The number of women seeking help through the Domestic Violence assistance program is concerning as it continues being one of the biggest social ills in our community.
The fact that many of the victims are not reporting the abuse to law enforcement authorities can only lead to serious life-threatening issues.
This type of behavior often puts the abused and their children in more danger. As the aggressor takes full advantage of the situation , knowing that he will not be reported due to the victim’s fear of retribution.
Other reasons include a dependency on the aggressor to provide for family needs and children between them.
This is never a good combination and in many cases leads to years of abuse including physical, verbal assault, and threats against them and their loved ones.
Tragically three females from our community have lost their lives to their abuser after years of being victimized.
Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber is a stern advocate against Domestic Violence. “It’s something we see on a daily basis. The sad reality is that in many cases there are multiple victims, not just the victim and their aggressor. There are often children caught in the middle of this violent attacks and abuse,” said Schmerber.