After a series of abusive relationships Monica had to make a decision.
“I had to either stay and see what was going to happen or leave and hopefully he won’t find me,” says Monica.
“Currently rates are rising in regards to domestic violence murders,” says Coleman.
Bionca Coleman from Family Services of Southeast Texas works with women like Monica escaping abusive relationships helping them find jobs as well as legal advice.
“The goal here is to empower women that have been affected by domestic violence to strengthen them and give them the ability to move forward with their lives,” says Coleman.
“Last year alone our agency handled eight domestic violence homicides this year we’re up to three,” says Sgt. Yvette Borrero.
The death of Reggie Jokodola is what Sgt. Borrero says many in Southeast Texas are working to prevent.
“We want them to file charges and hold their abuser accountable but the main important thing is to get away whatever means possible,” says Sgt. Borrero.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship you can call 409-833-2668 and you can remain anonymous.
By Sarai Demien. Video originally published to KFDM News’ YouTube Channel on 11/25/15.