Five women were killed by a significant other in Amarillo last year according to the Texas Council on Family Violence.
“We know that across the state these increases have happened, but looking at Amarillo more specifically, in our prior year there was one fatality and in this years report there were 5 fatalities,” said Gloria Terry, the CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.
Terry tells us she is glad to see local law enforcement and prosecutors working to make arrests and get convictions.
Chief of Police Ed Drain says one thing that makes the cases hard here is some victims don’t step forward.
“In my opinion there are just too many cases where the case is unable to go forward because the victim doesn’t cooperate or sometimes they will sign an affidavit of non-prosecution and that makes it tough to get a prosecution in that case,” said Chief Drain.
47th District Attorney Randall Sims says the statistics are alarming but they are hoping they will make more victims come forward and become survivors.
“We are going to get that turned around but again, we need you to report and stick with it and we will get you to the end of the road,” added Sims.
The Randall County District Attorney’s office announced they will be adding a domestic violence prosecutor to their team to focus solely on these cases.
“On one side of the coin, we are trying to scare the perpetrator into backing off and we are trying to encourage the victim to come forward. If you know of anyone who is a victim, encourage them to come forward, if they won’t come forward, you contact us and report it,” said James Farren, the Randall County District Attorney.
If you are a victim or know of someone who is, you can get help through Family Support Services.
They can be reached 24 hours a day at 806.374.5433.