Bell County working to stop rising family violence rates

POSTED: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

KILLEEN -- Bell County is number 5 in the state when it comes to domestic violence.

"66 percent of all the children in domestic violence situations will be abused. 30 percent of those will become abusers. so that's where it's coming from," said David Hardy, a pediatrician at Scott and White hospital.

A group will give victims guidance after violence occurs.

"That's the biggest thing is when people don't feel like they have no options, then they're going to end up having more 'apt' to end up staying where they're at and they're going to end up having that hopelessness and that cycle's going to end up continuing," said Jo'Ell Guzman, a volunteer for the Central Texas Family Violence Task Force.

There are so many factors that contribute to domestic abuse, and after years of focusing on treating the abused, here at the conference today it's all about prevention.

The goal is to get everyone on the same page.

"As a prosecutor what I want to do is pursue justice but I can't do that accurately or right if the officer doesn't gather the information correctly at the scene and give us the correct evidence," said Anne Jackson, the Bell County City Attorney.

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