First Step remembers victims of domestic violence

First Step remembers victims of domestic violence

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - 75 % of Texans have either experienced family violence or know someone who has.

Red cut outs of victims that include men, women and children who have lost their lives to the abuse are helping to put a face and story to those startling numbers.

Debra Dyason, the executive director for First Step said while the annual event raises awareness it is also meant to show the community the change begins with them.

"We all get busy in our lives and we forget sometimes how many people are suffering behind those closed doors," Dyason said.

Barbara Brewer, the designated grandmother of First Step, said there is no reason someone should stay in a violent home.

"I know it's hard and I know that it's scary and I know that it takes for you to be brave but there is a brighter day," Brewer said. "Don't give up and come and get some help."

Wichita Falls city leaders are also taking a stand and have declared October as domestic violence awareness month in the city.

Jesse Brown, District Four Councilor, said they want to support the individuals that are affected by domestic violence.

"We want them to know that this is a community that will stand behind them and give them strength," Brown said.

City leaders are encouraging everyone to get involved by lighting a candle at home to serve as a reminder and a sign of support for the countless victims.

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