HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It's a situation that unfortunately way to many men and women are in, a relationship that turns violent.
"One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime so really the statistics are staggering, even one is too many," says Sherri Kendall, chief executive officer of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, also known as AVDA.
Over the last few days, Houston police have investigated several cases involving death. Late on Friday night, police say a woman contacted 911 after her mother called her to come over to the family house in Missouri City. When the woman arrived, police say her father was found dead as a result of a stab wound. Police say the man's wife was also wounded with cuts to her hands. She was taken to an area hospital.
"A brief check of the location has revealed that there have been past reports of domestic violence," says Houston police detective Jason Fay.
On Thursday off Chimney Rock Road, Houston police were at a different scene. Police say Karkea Crenshaw, 33, contacted 911 and told police that her boyfriend, Michael Parker, 28, had assaulted her.
"The suspect was seen coming back to the location and kicked in the door, at that point the manager of the apartment complex called the police, at that time the suspect shot the female and then shot himself, so there was two shots, the female was deceased, the suspect is in Southwest Memorial Hospital and he is in critical condition," says Assistant Police Chief of Patrol Region 3 Wendy Baimbridge. Parker was later charged with murder.
AVDA representatives say they want people to look out for warning sings, to not feel isolated and to seek help anytime they feel it is needed.
"We encourage them to seek shelter, call 911 certainly if there is an immediate danger, more long term solutions may be seeking a protective order," adds Kendall. "AVDA offers free protective order representation. Consider divorce, child custody, we have attorneys who will do that for free for victims of domestic violence."
For more information on AVDA, visit http://www.avda-tx.org/.