KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
October 8, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
The Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office is collecting new pajamas to help women and children fleeing domestic violence. There are several drop off locations in the Katy area.
Harris County Constable Calls for New Pajamas
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Harris County Constable Ted Heap is asking residents to donate new pajamas to help victims of domestic violence.
A Sense of Security
“This may seem like a small gesture, providing women and children with new pajamas, but for someone going through a very difficult time, a simple thing like pajamas can be a huge help. For a woman or a family trying to escape domestic abuse, life as they know it can be completely turned upside down,” says Harris County Constable Ted Heap.
Heap says that all the pajamas received go directly to victims in this area through their department and through other agencies that provide shelter and assistance to those who are survivors of domestic violence.
“In addition to helping them get out of harm's way, we are happy to provide them with a little comfort when they are starting over and we hope they will able to get some much-needed rest in the comfort of a safe place,” says Constable Heap.
Precinct 5’s Victims Assistance Unit is collecting only new pajamas for women and children at the below Katy area locations:
Precinct 5 Station 7– 541 S. Mason Rd.
Harris County ESD Station 3 - 1773 Westgreen Blvd.
Harris County ESD Station 5 - 21201 Morton Rd.
Ft. Bend ESD Station 2 (Willowfork Station 1) - 24655 Westheimer Parkway
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
The Victim Assistance Unit of Harris County Precinct 5 assist victims, and their loved ones after a violent crime. According to their website, they provide assistance to victims in the form of advocacy, support, education, and outreach.
There are many resources to support Katy residents experiencing domestic violence.
Katy Area Resources
Katy Christian Ministries offers two hotlines as calls continue to increase.
Domestic Abuse Hotline
Sexual Abuse Hotline
Both hotlines are open Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-5p.m. and are answered by trained advocates.
Katy Cares supports women and children experiencing situational homelessness due to violence and abuse. This local non-profit organization offers tele-chats to support those in need.
Katy Cares Tele-Talks
Monday-Friday 12-2p.m., 7-9p.m.
“We are thankful to have so much help from our Precinct 5 neighbors. This annual pajama drive is always a huge success thanks to the generosity of our community and the many partners who help collect these pajamas throughout this month,” says Constable Heap.