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Half of Calls to Pecos County Sheriff's Office are Domestic Violence

Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

PECOS COUNTY - It's a shocking statistic; half of all calls coming into the Pecos County Sheriff's Office are for domestic violence.

Even more troubling, the nearest safe house is nearly 70 miles away.

For victims of domestic violence, finding where to turn after abuse can be overwhelming, but for victims in Fort Stockton, there can be even more stress.

"Not only do they have to leave their homes, but then they're forced to have to travel so far away," Shera Davis, a member of The Purple Project, said.

That's because the nearest women's shelter is in Odessa or Alpine.

"There's a huge financial burden there that most of them aren't able to do that," Davis said.

It's a big concern for the community.

"Over 50% of the calls to the police department and sheriff's office are for domestic violence, so its desperately needed," Davis said.

But a helping hand will soon be closer. The Lilah Smith Safe House, a new women's shelter in Fort Stockton, is under construction.

"We've got the slab poured and the walls up and the roof on, windows and doors are in and we're just about ready to close it all in," Davis said.

Davis and others members of The Purple Project are holding a fundraiser for the shelter this weekend.

"We're gonna have a 5K. At 2:00, we'll start from live music from a bunch of local entertainers and we'll have food and a hair extension booth and a photo booth," she said.

Davis said domestic violence is a taboo topic, but she's hoping this event will change that.

"You just never know who it's gonna touch, who it's gonna affect and who's been there, who is a victim," Davis said.

That event will be held Saturday, Oct. 11th at The Grey Mule in Fort Stockton.

For more information you can call 432-336-9463.

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