Violence means using force to hurt someone or something. Some people use violence to control others. They may throw things, punch the wall, or hit somebody. They may even be sorry afterwards. If you, a family member, or a friend has been physically abused, or your own behavior is out of control or violent, it is time to seek help. No one deserves to be hurt!
If you or someone you’re with is hurt or in danger, get away and get help from a friend or neighbor. Call 911 for police assistance. If there is no emergency but you are afraid of being hurt by a friend or family member, talk about it with someone you trust, or call one of the numbers listed. It is common to have mixed feelings about someone who is violent towards you. Talk to someone who will believe you. It can help.
If there are times when you feel like you’re losing control, you can learn positive ways to deal with stress, tension, and anger.
Houston Area Women’s Center
Teen violence group for males and females ages 13-18. If you have witnessed family violence and need information, education, and support in understanding family violence and ways of preventing violence.
Bay Area Women’s Center
Outreach counseling services for victims of family violence and sexual assault. Have a parent or guardian call to make an appointment.
Innovative Alternatives, Inc.
Clear Lake Area
Counseling services for individuals and families. Mediation services including conflict resolution, peer mediation, gang mediation, victim/offender mediation for victims of a crime, and free counseling to victims of crime.
Mayor’s Crime Victim Office
Assistance to victims of violent crime by offering crime victim compensation applications and referrals to victim support groups.
Confidential and anonymous hotline for teens available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Victim Assistance Center, Inc
Offers services to victims of crime, including individual case processing, accompaniment to the hospital after the crime, and law enforcement and court assistance through court proceedings.
Victims’ Resource Institute
Offers counseling, research, and educational programs designed to address the psychological needs of victims of violent crimes and their families. Located at the University of Houston.
Health counseling available for youth ages 14-21.