Unfortunately, domestic violence, sexual assault and even human trafficking doesn’t stop at the Grimes County line. But there is help, fortunately, for the women and men in Grimes who find themselves in the grips of these evil practices.
It’s called Focusing Families, not to be confused with Focus on the Family. With offices in Brenham and Hempsted, Outreach Case Manager Tiffanie Young says there’s a number of ways they can help.
Whether it’s with one of their specialized counselors, or if you have legal questions, Young says they have a legal advocate who can direct you to a lower cost attorney.
Young tells Navasota News they even have safe housing for those who find themselves in immediate danger. She says you can stay for 30 days and then get weekly extensions if you have to leave your situation right away and have nowhere to go. As long as they have space, she promises, you can stay there as long as there is room. And you won’t be turned away, even if they don’t. They will look elsewhere until they find you somewhere to go.
And if you find the idea of human trafficking going on in Grimes a stretch, Young suggests that you think again. What’s really scary bout it, she says, is they’re going to school, they’re going to work, they’re going on with their normal life while this is going on behind the scenes. And it can start as young as five; five-years old.
There’s a 24-hour local hotline; 979-826-0000, or you can find out more online at focusing-families.org.