Honoring Fathers in June
In June, when we celebrate Father’s Day, the Texas Council on Family Violence is celebrating positive male role models. You can celebrate an influential man in your life by making a gift in his honor to TCFV.  When you make a donation, you can send our e-card to a special dad, husband or brother in your life. This card will let him know that you are following his example and positively shaping the lives of families in need.

Regional Membership Meetings:
The Regions 5 & 6 membership meeting was held in Longview at the Women’s Center of East Texas.  The meeting was co-hosted by Shannon Trest, TCFV Board member, TCFV Area Director and Executive Director of Women’s Center of East Texas in Longview, and Heather Kartye, Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center of East Texas.  Nikhita Ved, TCFV Family Violence Service Coordinator presented Empowerment Based Advocacy, and Cheasty Anderson from The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)  informed participants about the benefits, challenges and concerns of new health care reform law.

The Region 2 membership meeting was held in Midland at Safe Place of the Permian Basin.  The meeting was hosted by Carole Wayland, TCFV Board member, TCFV Area Director and Executive Director of Safe Place of the Permian Basin in Midland.  Presenters Susan Risdon and Angela Hale from Red Media, a strategic communications company, engaged attendees in how to craft a successful public awareness campaign through new media avenues.  A roundtable discussion facilitated by Red Media created dialogue about how programs in this region can reach victims and challenge the community to address domestic violence through use of the media.

Emergency Preparedness
Hurricane season is upon us and TCFV wants to help make sure you and your program are prepared.  Please visit the TCFV Emergency Preparedness page for resources.  If you have questions about how to prepare your program for a hurricane, please contact Hilary Andersen at handerson@tcfv.org or Maria Jose Angelelli at mangelelli@tcfv.org.

Honoring Women in Our Lives
On May 3, 2012, TCFV’s Honoring Women in Our Lives luncheon provided a great platform to showcase a few people that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life for women and ending domestic violence in Texas.

Marlee Matlin said it best “Together we stand as a united front, regardless of our disabilities and abilities, to make sure that there is hope and support available – to everyone, so no one has to endure the pain and anguish of domestic violence.”

Voces Unidas Fundraiser
Voces Unidas is hosting a raffle fundraiser. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.  Contact Cris Rodriquez crodriquez@tcfv.org for prize information or if you would like to buy tickets.

Judicial Summit

At the end of May, TCFV convened judges from across the state of Texas for the third annual Approaching the Bench: A Judicial Summit on Family Violence.

For two days, judges engaged in conversation, sharing their experience and expertise on family violence in the courtroom.  Presenters from across the state and nation led the judges in this important task, bringing current issues to the center of discussions.

Throughout the entire event judges challenged each other to think about their role in a coordinated response.  Judges debated the ethics of participation, the importance of judicial leadership, and how a judge’s involvement can propel other stakeholders into action.

Representatives from Project Rio in Lubbock came to share how a coordinated response works in their community and other presenters shared an out-of-state perspective, offering Texas judges an opportunity to explore innovative practices.

Judges discussed barriers that survivors may face in accessing justice from the civil or criminal justice system. Interpreter needs, economic insecurity, intimidation and trauma were hot topics, and judges brainstormed options to solve the “crisis of access” in Texas and across the nation.

Conversation arose around many additional issues at the Judicial Summit as well.  TCFV encourages programs to reach out to their judges on a continuing basis to forge relationships, partner to improve survivor safety and court access, and maximize offender accountability in the justice system.  Such collaborative efforts send a message of zero tolerance for family violence and make our communities safer.