Crisis Center Responds to Assault Cases


MIDLAND, Texas – The Midland Police Department says it has arrested a man for assaulting a pregnant woman. Now, the West Texas Crisis Center wants the community to understand the signs of domestic abuse and how to approach it.

Tuesday, 21-year-old Jalen Shaquan Harris was arrested and charged by Midland Police. They say he punched his girlfriend, who is five months pregnant. He is currently facing charges of assaulting a pregnant woman.

According to the affidavit, Harris punched his girlfriend in the face and when she ran away and called 911, Harris grabbed her by the neck before releasing her after she told him he was going to jail.

Domestic violence is already a serious problem, especially in Texas and the United States. Organizations like the West Texas Crisis Center speak out about the warning signs for people in abusive relationships.

“Our partners with the Odessa Police Department are reporting more domestic violence calls than in previous years,” said Hannah Horrick, of the West Texas Crisis Center.

Horrick said that although crime in Texas has generally declined, domestic violence cases continue to rise.

“The last couple of years, there’s been some tie to COVID and some other extenuating circumstances, which means these numbers have gone up for the first time in a very long time,” Horrick said. .

Especially for pregnant women, Horrick says, domestic violence is a big problem.

She adds, “One thing we want people to consider, is that people who are underage or have an unwanted pregnancy, are at the highest risk of domestic violence, and domestic violence can be very dangerous. really serious impact on the health of both mother and baby.”

Horrick goes on to say, “50-75 percent of women who were abused before becoming pregnant will continue to be abused.”

According to Horrick, there are not always obvious signs of domestic abuse, but there are a few things one can look out for that could be the difference in saving someone’s life. .

“We think to look for things like bruises, or look for what we think looks like telltale signs of black eyes or something like that. Other telltale signs can be standard manifestations of depression and anxiety, a person is struggling in other respects,” Horrick added.

If at any point you or someone you know feels insecure in a relationship, the Crisis Center says they want immediate help. If the situation is urgent, contact the local police.

https://www.yourbasin.com/news/domestic-violence-cases-on-the-rise-in-texas/ Crisis Center Responds to Assault Cases

Aila Slisco

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