This October, shopping at the Second Chance Thrift Store in Waco means more than new clothes or household goods. It also means helping the Family Abuse Center during Domestic Violence Awareness month. And for victims, the opportunity to shop here is a way of starting over.
"Choosing their own clothing and their own household items is a real positive and empowering experience for them, helps boost their confidence," said Kathy Reid, Executive Director of the Family Abuse Center.
Reid says one in every four women in Texas will be involved in an abusive relationship at some point in their life, and of those victims, hundreds will die at the hand of their abuser.
"The category that is rising the most quickly, in terms of domestic violence statistics, is murder-suicide," said Reid.
100 percent of the proceeds from the center's thrift store will go towards helping these women. And on top of special deals this month, center directors are also placing red silhouettes of females around town. Each one bears the name and story of a victim whose life was taken by someone they trusted.
For example, Arlicia Williams was killed by her boyfriend, her body rolled over twice and left on the side of the road.
"There's a safe place here for them to come if they are in a domestic violence relationship."
Reid hopes to shrink the number of domestic abuse victims by reminding everyone that "Love Shouldn't Hurt."
The sale continues through the month of October.