By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
"It is unfortunate that every year about four thousand people come to inquire about the services they can get if they are victims of domestic violence, but only one thousand complaints are received" revealed Alaniz.
He added that when it comes to protection orders to prevent attackers to be near their home, only between 65 to 70 are processed each year.
"The key here is that people come forward to report abusive husbands. To ask for help because there are many services available to them," the official said while inaugurating the sixteenth annual conference to educate members of the law of domestic violence.
He stressed that if one takes into account the number of complaints received each year only 25% are reported cases. Women need to report these cases to break the cycle of abuse.
Alaniz said that in recent months there has been an increase in cases where same-sex couples have problems with aggression and call for the intervention of the authorities, something not seen before.
"We are also concerned about dating violence because there are more cases of adolescents who assault their girlfriends," he said.
He recalled that adolescents who are victims of beatings and threats from their boyfriends can also request a protective order.
"We hope the new County Attorney, Marco Montemayor, will make an effort to give attention to this problem we have in the community," said the official.
About the conference held earlier this week, said there were about 250 participants between elements of law enforcement, social workers, counselors and organizations dedicated to provide assistance to women and children.
"This meeting is important because we update and exchange information in order to provide better service to women and their children who are victims of beatings and attacks on their homes," he said.
To request information about services available for victims of domestic violence, call (956) 523-4900 during office hours.
Edited by: C.R.