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DA, Sheriff, victim advocates and others will host second Operation Safe Talk hotline

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Texas Border Business

EDINBURG – After the success of the first family violence phone bank, Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. and the Domestic Violence Unit, in collaboration with Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra, the Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force, and Women Together/Mujeres Unidas will host another Operation Safe Talk event on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The Operation Safe Talk hotline will be housed at the Entravision Communications Corp. McAllen studios and broadcast on Univision Noticias, Channel 48.

“We received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the first Operation Safe Talk hotline,” Rodriguez said. “We knew we needed to open the phone lines once more so we could assist even more Victims and their families.”

Anyone who needs assistance or has questions in English or Spanish can call (956) 661-6000 between 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 10:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2. 

Assistant District Attorneys, Victim Advocates, Immigration and Family Law Attorneys, Law Enforcement Officers, and Crime Victim Liaisons will be on hand to answer questions dealing with family violence.

“During the first phone bank our deputies answered the call and were able to connect victims with valuable resources to help them end the cycle of family violence,” said Guerra. “We look forward to providing assistance once again.”

Rodriguez will kick-off the phone bank and will be interviewed live on air at 5 and 10 p.m. on Ch. 48 and Guerra will be interviewed live on air at 9 p.m. on Ch. 2.

“I encourage anyone who is in an abusive or dangerous situation to reach out to our advocates,” said Rodriguez. “We are here to help you and guide you to a safer situation.”

Women Together/Mujeres Unidas Executive Director Estella De Anda said they were able to help dozens of victims as a result of the first Operation Safe Talk.

“Women Together/Mujeres Unidas was so proud to take part in the first phone bank event, helping dozens of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault victims in our community,” said Executive Director Estella De Anda. “We want to remind the public that Mujeres Unidas provides free and confidential services to victims and survivors. Anyone needing services can call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-580-4879.”

From January of 2017 through September of 2019, the District Attorney’s Office Victims Unit has assisted 6,439 domestic violence victims and the DA’s Civil Division has issued protective orders for 1,701 victims. In addition, 3,676 victims received information on safety planning, including where they can go to seek safety and protection.

In addition, the Domestic Violence Unit staff reviewed a total of 7,247 domestic violence cases and the Civil Division has assisted 4,134 victims with legal advocacy services to obtain a protective order or an emergency protective order.

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