The National Coalition of Domestic Violence states that one in four women experiences domestic violence in her lifetime, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports domestic violence as the third leading cause of homelessness among families. Although 73 percent of domestic violence happens to females, men also can be victims of family violence.
Children of these families also suffer. Some are injured themselves, and others become homeless or live their lives in shelters. History shows that many of these abused children become abusers as adults. Violence tends to be a learned trait most often used by those who lack other conflict resolution tools in their social toolboxes.
Our economy and our society experience extensive negative impacts as a result of this violence. Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in terms of law enforcement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost work productivity, not to mention the impacts on society and the people directly affected by violent abuse.
Family violence happens every day in Fort Worth, Texas. At our November meeting, Julie Bassett, a Prevention Specialist for SafeHaven of Tarrant County, will present a discussion about family violence in Texas and what our communities can do to help recognize and prevent it. Ms. Bassett works in the field assessing family violence and prevention among students in grades 4 through 12. In addition, she provides community education on topics, such as bullying, domestic violence, communication, and peer pressure.
Her advocacy career began in case management, where she first coordinated a children’s camp at SafeHaven before entering into primary prevention field work. Ms. Bassett obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Texas Christian University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
SafeHaven of Tarrant County is local non-profit agency meeting the needs of survivors and working through prevention to end violence in our community.