October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Family Support Services wants to bring awareness to those living in the Amarillo area.  You may not think this is a problem in Amarillo but it is, over 4,566 calls came into the FSS Domestic Violence crisis hotline, and to the Amarillo and Canyon Police Departments as well as the Randall and Potter County Sheriffs office last year.

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According to Jackie Bolden with Family Support Services, Amarillo had 8 homicides last year and 7 of those were domestic violence cases.

Nationally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be the victim of domestic violence.  That averages to 20 people per minute being physically abused by a partner here in the United States.

Family Support Services is committed to bringing awareness to this epidemic and have several events this month to bring awareness to our community.

Friday, October 7 - March Against Violence

FSS Office at 10th and Taylor - 3pm

Join FSS and dress in purple and come march to bring awareness to domestic violence.  Signs are encouraged.

Wednesday, October 12 - Don't Look Away Luncheon.

Amarillo College Library - 11-2pm

This event will feature guest speakers, information booths, self-defense demonstrations and more.  Plus you can enjoy free pizza from Papa Johns.  This event is open to the publick

Friday & Saturday October 14-15- Family Support Services and the Amarillo Bulls

Amarillo Civic Center North Concourse

Join FSS for free games, face painting, balloon animals, and information on domestic violence before the Amarillo Bulls Games and during break times.

Thursday, October 20 - Go Purple Day

Wear purple today to show your support for Domestic Violence Awareness

Wednesday, October 26 - Panel Discussion on Domestic Violence

6:30pm

Join FSS along with the Legal Studies program at Amarillo College for this panel.  Several guest speakers from local law enforcement, advocates, survivors, and others will be on this panel.


If you are in a situation where you need help Family Support Services has a 24-hour Crisis Hotline.  Somebody is available 24/7 to take your call and find help for you.  806-374-5433