Members play a crucial role in the work that we do. The more voices we have with us, the greater attention we can garner from legislators. Members also provide us with the essential knowledge of what is needed most in their communities so that we can cater our services to meet those demands. Members not only help us further our efforts, but they also receive benefits such as newsletters, opportunities to attend trainings and networking events, voting rights, and the chance to get involved with our caucuses, allied groups and networks.

To Our Members- November 2012

Dear Members, The most valuable benefit of belonging to the Texas Council on Family Violence is the camaraderie of association with others working in the same field.  There’s great pride in being part of an organization that works to honor, protect and educate men, women and children who are affected by domestic violence.   Members with this organization have a voice with the Texas legislators; we can collectively change laws to better protect those who are most vulnerable in our communities.  My agency has been a member of TCFV for many years, and I personally have been an individual member during that ... Read More »

Updates- November 2012

Bay Area Turning Point, Webster, TX With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Bay Area Turning Point has made it a goal to collect 25,000 pounds of food during their Fill the Truck Food Drive on November 16 and 17.  The agency is requesting food, gift cards or monetary donations.  Collection sites will be located throughout the Bay City area.  For more information, click here   or contact Sheryl Dickerson at Bay Area Turning Point is a TCFV Category I member.  For more information, click here. ( SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Arlington The SafeHaven Arlington shelter recently received a new play field, donated by the ... Read More »

Get Involved- November 2012

Like us on Facebook! THANKSGIVING DRIVES A great way to support your local shelter and family violence agency is by donating food and/or items.   This time of year, many family violence programs host Thanksgiving food drives. Visit our online service directory  to find the family violence program in your community, and give them a call to see if they are accepting thanksgiving donations.    Read More »

Resources- November 2012

A Call to Men National Domestic Violence Hotline Futures Without Violence Read More »

Upcoming Trainings- November 2012

November 15 (webinar, 12:00-1:30 pm CT) Emerging Technologies to Address PTSD / TBI (scroll down), the Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury. November 15 - December 10 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. November 28 (audio conference, 2:00-3:15 pm CT) Community Assessments in a Large, Urban Setting, hosted by Praxis International. Note: Registration is limited to OVW grantees. December 18 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm CT) Serving Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors ~ Planning Accessible Conferences and Community Events, Vera Institute of Justice's Center on Victimization and Safety. January 17-18 ... Read More »

To Our Members- October 2012

Dear Members, People are often compelled to action when they are personally impacted and connected to the stories they hear—those stories that touch their heart and activate their mind. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month remains an important observance because even though we’ve come so far over the past forty years in providing services, shelter, support and protection for victims of violence, every day people continue to be threatened, coerced, beaten, assaulted and damaged in their personal relationships by those they trust to love and care for them. I think of my own story of being raped and remaining silent because it ... Read More »

Program Updates- October 2012

Program Updates: FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, Humble FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center has received an award of distinction from the Better Business Bureau of Houston’s Education Foundation.  The Foundation honored a select group of BBB Accredited Charity Partners that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence, and quality in the workplace.  Congratulations FamilyTime! Brighter Tomorrows, Grand Prairie Throughout the month of October, Brighter Tomorrow will use written word and photography to spread awareness of the incredible strength and resiliency shown by survivors of violence.  Survivors of domestic violence and community members who wish to show their support in the “Our ... Read More »

TCFV Updates- October 2012

TCFV Updates: Statewide Conference: The TCFV’s Statewide Conference gathered leaders, advocates and allies to exchange ideas, discover fresh techniques and unite the many diverse faces of the Texas movement to end violence against women. This year’s topics encompassed a range of statewide and national challenges — the growing number of family violence fatalities, the upcoming 83rd Legislative Session and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). While we face challenges, the conference also offered a moment together to celebrate our successes — our vibrant momentum legislatively, the services and innovations Texas programs have adopted and the diligent work of all advocates. Renowned ... Read More »

Individual Members- Get Involved- October 2012

Get Involved: 2012 National Call for Unity Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 2:00pm to 2:45pm Central Time Each year on this free 45-minute call, approximately 400 listeners have joined us, with many more listening together in counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, meeting rooms, at school and at home; each year our numbers continue to grow. This is a very special time for us to come together in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to: Mourn those who have died because of domestic violence. Celebrate the advancements we have made to support those who have survived. Connect those within the movement to end violence against women and girls. This year’s ... Read More »

Recources- October 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources Whether you’re planning an event, or simply want to learn more about DVAM, here are several useful state and national resources. Read President Obama’s Proclamation The Domestic Violence Awareness Project: The Texas Council on Family Violence DVAM Resources: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence DVAM Resources: National Network to End Domestic Violence resources (for fact sheets, statistics, etc.): Read More »

Upcoming Trainings- October 2012

October 5-6 in Austin, TX Rethinking Power & Resistance; Gender & Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational. October 10 Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, hosted by Futures Without Violence. October 16 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm CT) Advocacy ~ A Force for Change, hosted by the Battered Women's Justice Project. October 16 in Tyler, TX Building Bridges a Domestic Violence Awareness Conference.  To register, call the East Texas Crisis Center at 903-509-2526. October 18 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm CT) Advocating on Behalf of Battered Women When the Abuser Works for a Law Enforcement Agency, hosted by the Battered Women's Justice Project. October 18 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm ET) Does Your Organization Measure Up: ... Read More »

To Our Members- September 2012

Dear Members, "WE HAVE MANY BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONS; FAMILY VIOLENCE IS NOT ONE OF THEM." La Alianza With September being Hispanic Heritage Month, we are about to see, hear and experience all the beauty, sounds, smells, and tastes of everything Hispanic. Our presence is felt everywhere you go. We are here from various countries, speaking various forms of Español (Spanish) and many dialects. Many of us don't speak any other language but English and remain Hispanic/Latino in our souls and in our knowing. As a Board Member of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, I was once quoted as ... Read More »

Updates- September 2012

In this issue, we highlight a successful fundraiser, steps in developing a Coordinated Community Response Task Force, the Region 1 Membership Meeting, and the Member Appreciation Party and Membership Drive, as well as domestic violence resources for Hispanic Heritage Month and upcoming trainings. Program Updates: Family Support Services, Amarillo, TX Family Support Services in Amarillo held its 18th annual Original Harley Party on Saturday, July 28. The outdoor party was successful and included live music, food from 20 Amarillo restaurants, a cash drawing and a drawing for a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide.   More than 2,500 people participated and helped raise money for Family ... Read More »

Individual Members, Get Involved! September 2012

Membership Drive Renew your TCFV Friend Membership and enter to win a Nook 8GB Tablet! There is power in numbers! TCFV strives to have more than 1000 members in preparation for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session and 113th convening of the US Congress. Membership helps further TCFV advocacy efforts which result in essential funding for family violence services and laws that assist victims of family violence. All individuals who renew during the Membership Drive (September 4-February14) will be entered into a drawing for a Nook Tablet. We will announce the winner at Advocacy Day on February 15, 2013. Current members, you can win a ... Read More »

Resources- September 2012

National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) Domestic Violence and Culture: Moving Toward more Sophisticated Encounters National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute: Men Taking Responsibility Arte Sana Read More »

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