Domestic Violence Awareness Month says 1 in 4 women are victims

The National Domestic Violence Hotline just moved into a new space in South Austin in June 2016. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
The National Domestic Violence Hotline just moved into a new space in South Austin in June 2016. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One in four women and one and seven men will experience domestic abuse and violence across the country.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Joining us in the KXAN studio is Courtney Santana, founder of the Survive to Thrive Foundation.

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.

Some signs of an abusive relationship include:

  • Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
  • Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
  • Emotional abuse including insulting a partner in front of other people.
  • Extreme jealousy.
  • Showing fear around a partner.
  • Isolation from family and friends.
  • Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
  • Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.

In 2015, 132 died because of domestic violence inflicted by an intimate partner in Texas. Each month, 50 families are turned away from the Hope Alliance Shelter, which supports Travis, Williamson, Bell, and Milam Counties. Because of their lack of physical space to hold survivors and their families, shelters like Hope Alliance have developed programming to meet the needs of clients that will never see the inside of their emergency shelter.

An event Monday night, Light Up the Night, is working to spread awareness about domestic violence. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Long Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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