Wichita Falls, TX -
First Step, Inc. in Wichita Falls will be hosting its 11
annual Candle Light Vigil Thursday night. The purpose of the event is to spread awareness of domestic violence.
In 2013, the state of Texas about 119 women were killed due to domestic violence. Many of them were killed inside of their very own homes.
Chantel Grant, the program's education and training coordinator, said often times domestic violence goes unreported.
"Most of the time because it's behind closed doors, it seems private, it's not someone's business,” said Grant. “We shouldn't get involved in it, that makes it even more dangerous because the victim doesn't speak out and bystanders may not speak out as well.
Some of the red flags of domestic violence include:
Bruises (old, new or healing) they show a person has been domestically abused over time.
Absences from work - unexcused illnesses or injuries they refuse to discuss
Anyone that describes their relationship with the word "fear."
Types of clothing they wear -- where it may be covering up the neck, arms, places they may be bruised.
Chantel said your voice can help someone escape domestic violence and ultimately save their life.She said domestic abuse can affect both men and women, but more often women speak out because they are in fear their significant other may end up hurting their children.
Domestic violence against men can take many forms, including sexual, emotional, physical abuse and threats of abuse. It can happen in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. It might not be easy to recognize domestic violence against but it does happen.
First Step, Inc. told Newschannel 6 in 2013 almost 400 men, women and children sought their organization's assistance.