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Aware Central Texas helping victims and survivors of domestic abuse

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Posted at 6:52 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 07:52:17-04

BELTON, TX — Aware Central Texas is a non-profit dedicated to domestic and child abuse prevention. They are releasing a survey, asking the community to answer important questions.

They want to know how they can help victims and survivors even more. Aware Central Texas already provides a multitude of outlets for those needing help.

Although since the pandemic, their real worry started to revolve around those who couldn't escape, since schools closed and many employers sent people home to work remotely.

According to the CSC, one in four women and one in seven men experience physical violence from their partner. Aware Central Texas has been conducting these surveys each month and they're noticing an increase in survey takers. Since April it's jumped nearly 50%.

"There's been a pretty sizable uptick in our statistics since April we went from surveying about 60 survivors of family survivors a month to last month the total was 113," Executive Director Misty Biddick said.

The most important thing you can do, if you know of someone who may need help, don't be afraid to reach out especially during this pandemic.

"Don't cut off communication, keep reaching out. Check on your friends, check on your family members. We do have a 24/7 hotline that we operate," Biddick said.

The 24/7 Hotline number is 254-813-0968 it can also be contacted via text if those in need can't speak freely over the phone.

To access the survey, visit the Aware Central Texas website.