New study deems Beaumont "unsafe" for women

A newly-released study ranks Beaumont as one of the most unsafe cities for women. Houston was also among the "unsafe" spaces.

BEAUMONT - A newly-released study ranks Beaumont as one of the most unsafe cities for women. Houston was also among the "unsafe" spaces.

The ranking was published by insurance and financial management website ValuePenguin.com who reviewed crime, public policy and representation, healthcare, and education and wealth statistics for women.

It ranked Houston as 260 -- the second most unsafe for women. Beaumont was ranked 255. Amarillo, Lubbock and Abilene scored 257, 254 and 251, respectively.

"It is an unsafe place,” said a victim of domestic abuse in Beaumont, who wants to remain anonymous. “Very unsafe,” she said.

The victim, staying at a local woman’s shelter, said her boyfriend's abuse began as psychological.

"Then it turns into like emotional abuse, emotional neglect,” she said. “It would get to the point where if I was upset or if I was crying, I would get screamed at. I wasn't allowed to show any type of emotion.”

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner.

The victim we spoke with said the abuse got worse when she and her boyfriend moved to back to Beaumont -- where her boyfriend is from.

“We got into some physical altercations,” she said. “Cops were called. I was thrown into a wall. He tries to make it seem like it was both of our fault."

The latest stats from the Beaumont Police Department reveal rapes and aggravated assaults are up slightly compared to this time last year.

Out on the streets, Beaumont PD said you can protect yourself.

“The holiday shopping season is coming up,” said Beaumont police officer Haley Walters. “So we want people to have a plan if you can. Get some safety and defense training."

BPD offers classes to protect yourself, like a Rape Aggression Defense or RAD course.

Also, if you are ever out shopping or out eating late and would like a police presence, Beaumont PD said you can call them at 409-832-1234 if you need a police escort.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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