More Women Calling For Help To End Domestic Violence

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The number of women looking for the very one they love is on the rise in Tarrant county. SafeHaven of Tarrant county has seen a big spike in the number of women calling their domestic violence

42,000 people have already called asking for help this year.  SafeHaven isn’t sure why. But, the numbers are up more than 10 percent compared to this time last year.

Thursday night, one victim’s family called for an end to domestic violence as they gathered to mourn a young mother who they say died at the hands of her own boyfriend.

Christy Kerr Jenkins was only 19 when her family says she became a victim of domestic violence. That’s why they decided to hold a candlelight vigil for her across the street from the house she was murdered in.

“I believe she felt that she couldn’t get away from him,” Carrie Wiggins said.

Christy’s boyfriend, 24-year-old Cody Sparks is chargd with stabbing her seven times on September 27. Christy died the next day.

Christy’s grandmother, Beverly Kerr, said Sparks had abused Christy before. “Nobody needs to go through what we went through with her because it was so brutal and useless.”

Sparks was also the father of Christy’s two young children.  “She always seen the good in him. And she felt that she loved him and needed to be with him for the kids,” Carrie Wiggins said.

“It’s an incredibly tragic story,” Mary Lee Hafley said. Hafley is the President and CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

Hafley said young women need to know the difference between love and control. “If what they say doesn’t balance with how they treat you, you need to rethink whether this is really love.”

For now, Christy’s family is left looking for answers on how it could have been prevented. “We don’t want this to happen to any other family,” Christy’s grandmother said.

Anyone looking for help can call the SafeHaven 24 hour hotline number at (877) 701-7233 or log onto their website at

  • Paul Vanak

    Domestic violence is a huge problem but what about the women that lie? Why isn’t anything done tot hem? The authorities and Immigration just turn their heads and ignore you and so do the places that represent them like Mossiac Family Services. My wife was from Colombia and after 5 month split and “claimed” domestic violence. They only have to “claim” it with no evidence or proof and they automatically get a 2 year Green Card. Then it’s up to me to prove I never hit her in order for her to be removed from the country. Mossiac represented her for free even though they know she lied. The more they represent the more money they get from donations and the FEDERAL GOV’T!!!
    I am a retired Army officer and NEVER hit a woman in my life!!!!!!

  • David

    “Domestic violence” will not end until women are also held accountable for violence. Woman are allowed to taunt, verbally abuse and beat men without consequences. Fortunately most men are able to weather the rage. I challenge anyone to find a man who has no battle scars from a woman. There will always be the man that finally snaps and strikes back. Even when Chris Brown went to jail, Rhianna admitted she hit him first. Someone, somewhere, needs to get this, and re-focus society to see this.

  • Glen Mcbeth

    Sad story.

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