Battered Women and Children's Shelter prepares to house more victims

    Battered Women and Children's Shelter prepare to house more victims

    BEXAR COUNTY - Running low on supplies to keep people warm.

    With this cold weather continuing to hit our area.

    Shelters across Bexar County are focusing not just on the homeless but also victims of domestic violence.

    Our local Battered Women and Children's Shelter is the most packed in the state.

    And this cold snap comes during their busiest time of the year.

    Domestic violence is on the rise during the holiday season.

    Even though the shelter is packed now, they are anticipating taking in more victims.

    The shelter is asking for your help to make sure they are taken care of.

    Community members are giving what they can to those who left their homes behind.

    Some are donating turkey for a Thanksgiving dinner in a shelter.

    "I do it to help people in need," Patty Mendoza said.

    Others like Mendoza are donating warm clothing to victims who had to jump and go.

    It's all going to the Battered Women and Children's Shelter.

    Domestic violence at the center of it all.

    "It's an issue that puts San Antonio on the map," Shelter Executive Director Marta Pelaez said.

    Pelaez said they are in need of food and warm clothes.

    "It's all hands on deck," Pelaez said.

    The shelter is packed.

    Pelaez said they have more people here than at any other shelter in the state.

    Tonight, 186 victims.

    Four years ago, it was 68.

    "We never know what we are going to have, it could be three mothers with three children each," Pelaez said.

    They do know, domestic violence is on the rise during the holiday season.

    "It brings out the worst in the aggressor and we see higher numbers in our shelter," Pelaez said.

    Which is why Pelaez is asking for your help.

    To put clothes on the backs of victims and food on their tables.

    If you would like to help San Antonio's Battered Women and Children's Shelter, drop off cold weather supplies and clothes at 2617 North Main Avenue. The donation station opens at 9 a.m.

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