DA, Sheriff, Victim Advocates and others Join to Launch Operation Safe Talk hotline

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EDINBURG – Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. and the Domestic Violence Unit, in collaboration with Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra, the Family Violence Task Force, and Mujeres Unidas will launch Operation Safe Talk, a hotline dedicated to combat family violence on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

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

“I am very grateful to Entravision and Noticias 48 for hosting Operation Safe Talk,” Rodriguez said. “The news media is a powerful partner in reaching the public and educating our communities on these issues.”

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, Aug. 28. Assistant District Attorneys, Victim Advocates, Immigration Attorneys, Law Enforcement Officers, and Crime Victim Liaisons will be on hand to answer questions dealing with family violence.

“We at the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office believe awareness is the key to reducing family violence,” said Guerra. “We embrace the opportunity to work with our media partners to educate the public on resources available to victims.”

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

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 “The goal is to provide valuable information to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence and to provide prevention education to the community,” Rodriguez said.

From January of 2017 through July of 2019, the District Attorney’s Office Victims Unit has assisted 5,105 domestic violence victims and the DA’s Civil Division has issued protective orders for 1,649 victims. In addition, 3,458 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 6,679 domestic violence cases and the Civil Division has assisted 4,096 victims with legal advocacy services to obtain a protective order or an emergency protective order. 

“Women Together/Mujeres Unidas sincerely appreciates the continued efforts by Univision to bring awareness on issues related to Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault in our community,” said Executive Director Estella De Anda. “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.”

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