Amarillo, TX - According to a recent study, 38 percent of women in Texas will experience domestic violence at some point in their life.
Unfortunately, some of those cases also happen right here in Amarillo, and Family Support Services is working to fight those numbers Saturday, the group kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a "Stop the Violence Fall Festival".
After a 5K early Saturday morning, the group set up at the Polk Street Methodist Church for activities with community partners to help spread the word about the fight against domestic violence.
"This is not a fundraiser, this is strictly an awareness event but it helps us to have a great venue to talk about it and to get the word out and to get some more partners to help us," said Janet Byars, executive director for Family Support Services.
"So, all of these events help us to cultivate volunteers for people to understand what they do and how they can help."
If you believe you've been a victim of domestic violence, you can call Family Support Services 24-hour help hotline to talk to someone, that number is 374-LIFE.