The Abilene Police Department reports they received nearly 300 family violence cases last year. That’s why a group of individuals in Abilene are working together to help lower the rising numbers.
“We fully recognize that we can’t make real change unless all of those people are at the table,” stated Leigh Ann Fry with the Noah Project.
The people included are residents who have a direct impact on changing the rising number of family violence that occurs right here in Taylor county.
“We want to address it not just from one aspect,” added Assistant District Attorney Dan Joiner, “but from the entire community aspect.”
This cause has brought together some of the elite in Abilene, including the Chief of Police Stan Standridge and they all have one thing in mind.
“To try to help both the survivors of domestic violence,” said Joiner. ” As well as the offenders.”
Their solution is to all work together.
“It was only through today and those rich conversations that happened that we are able to identify the problems and now we’re going to figure out what to do about them,” said Leigh Ann Fry.
With a group that only began a month ago, they already have the end result in mind.
“We hope to lessen the impact, we hope to identify the problem, we hope to get people help,” stated Joiner.”Both the abusers and the survivors, get them help and hopefully end the continuing problem of domestic violence.”
According to the Noah Project, 73 percent of Texans think domestic violence is a problem here in the State of Texas.