Montrose Counseling Center is honored to announce that our Domestic Violence Program has been chosen as a beneficiary of this September’s annual Misfits Ball. Created in 1992, the Misfits are a social, not-for-profit leather/Levi club whose purpose is twofold: to bring people together in a fun social group and to raise money for local HIV and GLBT charities. For more information about the Misfits, click here or visit the Misfits the third Saturday of every month 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at The Ripcord, 715 Fairview.
By supporting our Domestic Violence Program, the Misfits help MCC provide individual and group counseling, emergency shelter, transitional housing, safety exit planning, and case management services to members of the GLBT community who find themselves in unhealthy relationships. Our emergency shelter program is the only one in Texas for individuals fleeing an abusive partner within a same-sex relationship. Since many clients travel from across the country to take part in the program, it is clear that there are too few programs of its kind.
Many clients refer to our Anti-Violence Program Specialist as their personal guardian angel because the specialist helps them rebuild their lives. As their advocate, the specialist provides case management services and gives clients the support that is necessary to start afresh independently. MCC can provide someone to accompany clients to the hospital or police department to advocate on their behalf. In addition to MCC’s work with clients, the organization works closely with the Houston Police Department to train them to better respond to domestic violence calls that involve members of the GLBT community.
Yes, it happens in our community too. Statistically, our domestic violence numbers are the same as those of mainstream society. One in four relationships involves some form of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse often starts slow and may include a variety of things before it escalates to physical abuse. Physical violence may start with insults, intimidation, threats, isolating one from their friends and family, and other methods of emotional, spiritual, and financial abuse. If you find yourself in an unhealthy relationship and want help, we are here for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 713.529.0037.
If you are in crisis, help is available 24 hours a day by calling the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard at 713.529.3211.