Friday's tragic murder-suicide once again brings the topic of domestic violence to the forefront, and according to Women's Protective Services, awareness is especially important during the holidays.
Hattie Heiner, with Women's Protective Services, urges affected women to get help now, before a bad relationship ends in tragedy. "I would say if someone is in a domestic violence relationship encourage them to get out. Encourage them there is help out there. I wouldn't push them away just because you don't want to deal with it."
Last year in Texas, 117 women lost their lives to domestic violence, and in Lubbock tonight, more than 80 area women are receiving assistance from the WPS shelter.
If you know someone who needs help, encourage them to call the Women's Protective Services at 747-6491.