This is a guest post by Brent Taylor, social media specialist with METRO.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, designed to bring light to a problem that all too often stays behind closed doors. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that more than 300,000 people called last year during moments of crisis, and that more than one in four women has been the victim of severe physical violence by a partner in their lifetime.
METRO can play a keen role in keeping someone safe during a dangerous situation. With METRO's Safe Haven program, anybody can flag down a bus if feeling threatened or in need of emergency assistance. There is no sign up, no cost, and no questions about it – just flag down one of our operators. We will allow you onto the bus and can notify police, fire, or EMS using our radios.
The Houston area has many resources for those affected by domestic violence. The Houston Area Women's Center offers shelter, counseling, and more for the victims of domestic violence, and organizations like AVDA can provide free legal representation to victims in Harris and Fort Bend counties, regardless of their citizenship status.
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