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2014-06-05

Do your part to stop domestic violence

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Officer William R. Pieper compiles a regular report published online about arrests and crimes handled by the University of Texas Police Department called Campus Watch. Pieper's tongue in cheek summaries of campus crimes are known and enjoyed statewide.
Recently, Pieper stayed serious when he discussed dating and domestic violence.
"Yesterday, I missed an opportunity to stress the serious nature of dating and domestic violence as well as assaultive behavior in general. This is an epidemic problem." Consider the following:
In the United States, every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten.
Around the world, at least one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sexual activity or otherwise abused in their lifetime.
In the United States, at least three women are murdered by their boyfriend or husband each day.
One study found that in 70 percent of college domestic violence cases, the violence was perpetrated by both parties.
Men can be and are victims of domestic violence. Up to 13 percent of reported domestic violence calls show the female as the aggressor.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women - more so than car accidents, muggings and sexual assault victims combined.
According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, 358 Texas women were murdered in a family violence situation between 2010 and 2012.
Pieper added, "We all share the responsibility of learning more about these issues. There are resources out there. I challenge everyone to learn about the signs of domestic violence, the contributing factors, the costs of these crimes, the resources available to the victims and what you can do to help others and to protect yourself from acts of violence."
The following websites are excellent sources for information and help.
• http://www.rainn.org/ (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
• http://www.helpguide.org/ (information about abuse and how to deal with some of its causes)
• http://www.aardvarc.org/ (state by state resources and information)
• http://www.thehotline.org/ (a 24/7 national hotline)
• http://www.ncadv.org/ (information, the No More campaign, donate a phone)
• http://www.hccares.com/ (Bandera County services for victims of domestic abuse, including 24/7 hotline).