The community is invited to join Safer Path Family Violence Shelter at their 3rd Annual Shine a Light Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Atascosa County Courthouse.
The event is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the theme, “Shine a Light,” is a reminder of how domestic violence often happens behind closed doors and isn’t discussed.
Please come out to this special candlelight tribute as we honor and support the victims of domestic violence and the local law enforcement agencies who put their lives at risk to help those in need. Safer Path representatives will also speak about the horrifying facts surrounding domestic violence and how it has directly impacted the community of Atascosa County.
In Fiscal Year 2020 alone, Safer Path provided 9,630 services to victims of domestic violence. That is 267 more than the previous year. At a glance, the breakdown of those services includes:
• 4,145 crisis interventions (2,000+ from last year)
• 2,830 sheltered
• 166 counseling
• 736 legal advocacies
• 1,135 case management
• 1,586 calls to their 24/7 hotline
• 1,237 community resource referrals
Seventy-five percent of Safer Path’s clients primarily live in Atascosa County and the surrounding counties of Bexar and Wilson. Major cities within these counties that many clients live in are Pleasanton, Poteet, San Antonio and Floresville.
Last year, four residents of Atascosa County lost their lives due to domestic violence, and local law enforcement have responded to even more calls this year. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please call Safer Path’s hotline at 830-569- 2001. Press 1 to speak to an advocate and 2 to speak to administration. Someone will answer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.