It is a cycle that continues to plague the American family, nationwide and across Texas. The Lone Star State is home to nearly 5 million domestic abuse survivors, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey from 2011.
The Texas Council on Family Violence focuses on providing the best service for victims. Its 19-page report identifies needs and availability of support services, county by county. The goal is to identify gaps. Last year, Women's Protective Services assisted more than 3,700 women and children.
"We are a non-profit, dedicated to helping end, intervene, and prevent domestic violence in our West Texas area," said Steven Garcia, coordinator of community education, outreach and legal services at Woman's Protective Services.
The study gives Lubbock county a score of 3 out of 7 for a need of domestic violence services. Garcia said that number may be misleading.
"Just the nature of domestic violence, since it's so secretive and behind closed doors, I know the numbers are a lot higher than what's reported," he said.
The study, interviewed 150 survivors across the state, and gathered data from 92 agency directors, and 85 regional hotlines.
A good sign for Lubbock, availability of services scored 6 out of 8 points. Garcia adds that is a step in the right direction, but there's more work to be done.
"We need to continue to grow and to spread and to really provide those resources and services to those in need," Garcia said.