During this pandemic quarantine, law enforcement agencies across the country are seeing a rise in domestic violence calls. Our agency has a zero tolerance for domestic violence which means that victims will be cared for and offenders will be arrested. Violence is never the answer. We should be working together, not against each other. Here are some resources that are available:
To report a domestic violence emergency, call us by using 9-1-1. We are still here for you!
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
First Step, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer emergency shelter, counseling, empowerment programs, and many forms of advocacy. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the First Step Administrative office is closed to walk-ins but they can still be reached at (940) 723-7799. If you are looking for services, please call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-658-2683. They can still do services such as counseling over the telephone.
There is also a National Domestic Violence hotline available. The number is 1-800-799-SAFE. They can also be reached online at https://www.thehotline.org/help/. Callers to The Hotline can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, online instructional materials, safety planning, and more local resources. There is also an online chat feature on the website offering the same services as the above mentioned phone line.