Pharr PD and Hidalgo County DA to Launch Domestic Violence Crisis Response Unit During “No More Week” at 2 pm Monday, March 8

Continuing its efforts to respond to the need for community-based, partnership-driven and compassionate policing, the Pharr Police Department has partnered with the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office and other community resource agencies to develop and launch a Domestic Violence Crisis Response Unit.

A joint press conference announcing the launch of the Domestic Violence Crisis Response Unit will be held at 2 pm on Monday, March 8, 2021, at the Pharr Police Department (1900 S Cage Blvd) in Pharr.

At the press conference, a donation in the amount of $2,500 each from the Pharr Police Department and the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office will take place in a check presentation to Mujeres Unidas, a non-profit community service organization whose mission is to provide shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Pharr’s Domestic Violence Crisis Response Unit was created out of an overwhelming need to support victims of domestic violence – ensuring victims safety first and foremost; obtaining immediate services such as a safe temporary shelter, counseling, and more; and providing resources and support to navigate the investigation process, judicial system, and beyond. By approaching the crisis situation with a specially-trained response unit and a plan for action for the victim, the Pharr Police Department will swiftly intervene and get the victim the appropriate help they need and, where necessary, the justice they deserve.

“We want to bring awareness to the issue of the dangers of domestic violence through tangible solutions that can capably respond to and address instances of domestic violence,” said Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez. “I applaud Pharr’s commitment to developing specialty units that are well-equipped with training and resources to properly respond to and handle crisis situations regarding domestic violence,” he added. “Our office stands ready to assist and support investigations and possible prosecutions that may arise from these efforts, promote appropriate justice, and ensure victims’ safety,” Rodriguez continued.

A study by the National Domestic Violence Hotline found that 1 in 4 women was reluctant to turn to law enforcement for help; two-thirds or more were afraid the police wouldn’t believe them or do anything to intervene.

“Building strategic partnerships with other agencies is part of our policing approach to better serve our community. Victims of domestic violence need to feel safe reaching out to us during a crisis situation or when in need, meeting them where they are will help us build their trust,” said Pharr Police Chief Andy Harvey. “Ultimately, we want victims to feel confident they will get the help, care, and resources they need when they reach out,” Harvey continued.

“Our police department and officers are committed to ensuring that these types of situations are handled in a safe, compassionate manner and that we engage with all available resources to help the victim,” stated Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez.

The Pharr Police Department has partnered with community agencies and organizations to support the Unit, including DHR Health Safe H.A.V.E.N. Forensic Exam Center, Hidalgo County Community Service Agency, and Women Together/Mujeres Unidas. Representatives from the partner organizations will also be in attendance at the press conference to discuss the support roles their organizations will provide to the Unit.

Media is invited to attend.

To ensure social distancing accommodations, please confirm your media outlet’s attendance by emailing [email protected] or texting Karina at 956.343.0011.

WHAT:  Press Conference Announcing Launch of Pharr’s Domestic Violence Crisis Response Unit and Check Presentation to Mujeres Unidas
WHEN: Monday, March 8, 2021, at 2 pm
WHERE: Pharr Police Department (1900 S. Cage Blvd) in Pharr.