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.

TCFV Updates- June 2012

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.  ... Read More »

Get Involved! June 2012

Voces Unidas Fundraiser Voces Unidas, one of 7 TCFV CANs, 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. For more information on Voces Unidas, click here. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Caucus The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Caucus believes domestic violence is embedded in multiple systems of oppression and that it can only be eradicated by the dismantling of those systems. The LGBT Caucus is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who support the work of the battered women’s movement. The ... Read More »

Resources- June 2012

Presidential proclamation - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project A Service Provider’s Guide for Working with GBT Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse The Network/La Red (TNLR) Who and what is LGBTQ? Dos and Don’ts when working with LGBTQ survivors Information about LGBTQ Partner Abuse for Domestic Violence providers Assessing Your Agency National Organization for Women LGBT Resources Lambda Legal: LGBT Civil Rights National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence: LGBT Resources Read More »

Upcoming Trainings- June 2012

Upcoming trainings: July 10 webinar, 10:00 am CT; 7th in a series of 8 One in the Movement: Essential Practices for Advocates in Training ~ Rural Community Considerations, hosted by the Texas Council on Family Violence. July 26 (audio conference, 12:00-1:30 pm CT) A Professional's Guide to Forensic Social Work and the Courts, sponsored by Lorman Education Services. July 31 (web conference, 1:00 pm CT) Connect for Success ~ How Can We Help? Developing Shared Goals for Diverse Community Priorities, hosted by PreventConnect. July 31 (webinar, 10:00-11:30 am CT) Overview of International Human Trafficking, hosted by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. August 14 (webinar, 10:00 am CT; 8th ... Read More »

Upcoming Trainings- May 2012

May 30 webinar, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT Domestic Violence Prevention through Media Advocacy, hosted by Transforming Communities. June 6 webinar, 1:00-2:30 pm MT Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country, hosted by the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program and the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. June 12 webinar, 10:00 am CT; 6th in series of 8 One in the Movement: Essential Practices for Advocates in Training ~ The Ins and Outs of Managing Volunteers, hosted by the Texas Council on Family Violence. June 12 webinar, 3:00-4:30 pm ET Serving Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors ~ Building Effective Partnerships with Disability Organizations in Your Community, hosted ... Read More »

To Our Members- April 2012

Dear Members, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children. For many of us working in the movement to end violence against women, protecting children has often meant protecting mothers. The intersection between child abuse and domestic violence is well-documented and is recognized as a complex and multi-dimensional social problem requiring an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to improving outcomes for families in Texas. I am pleased to be a part of just that kind of collaboration through my participation, ... Read More »

Program Updates- April 2012

Faith and Liberty's Place Family Center, a project of The Family Place, Dallas The Family Place received a grant from the Department of Justice and in October 2002 established the visitation center, Faith and Liberty's Place (FLP) Family Center.   FLP Family Center provides supervised visitations in a child-friendly environment that emphasizes parent and child safety.  The potential for revictimizing the children or the protective parent is increased dramatically during separations, divorce and court ordered visitations. Faith and Liberty’s Place was named in memory of 6-year-old Liberty Battaglia and 9-year-old Faith Battaglia.  Liberty and Faith’s father, who had a  history of domestic ... Read More »

TCFV Updates- April 2012

Coaching Boys into Men, Houston Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is a nonprofit, community-based, multi-program social service agency that strives to supply basic needs through neighbors helping neighbors. The Family Violence Center is one of the programs NAM offers to support their community in time of need. Recently Family Violence Center Youth Educator, Melanie Jackman, has worked with coaches to help them deliver a violence prevention message to their student athletes. Melanie has enlisted four coaches to participate in the Coaching Boys into Men program this year. Coaching Boys into MenSM is a coaches leadership program that partners with athletic coaches to help ... Read More »

Individual Members: Get Involved!

Individual Members: Get Involved! In April, many programs host Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.  Visit our online service directory  to find the family violence program in your community.  Check their website or give them a call to see if they are hosting SAAM events.    Read More »

Resources- April 2012

Child Abuse Prevention Month: The Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Child Abuse Prevention Month website Strengthening Families and Communities Resource Guide The Texas DFPS’s guide to Child Abuse Prevention Month The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Child Abuse Prevention website Presidential proclamation   Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s guide to Sexual Assault Awareness Month The US Department of Defenses Campaign to prevent sexual assault within the military The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) website Presidential proclamation Read More »

Upcoming Trainings- April 2012

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: SA Advocacy and Trafficking (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm CT) April 11, 2012. Click here to register. 2012 Investigating and Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases (San Antonio, TX) April 11-13, 2012.  Click here for more information.   TCFV 9th BIPP Statewide Conference (Austin, TX) April 13, 2012. Click here to register.   Preventing Child Abuse One Child at a Time: Recognizing, Reporting and Preventing Child  Abuse, a professional development workshop for child care and school personnel (Austin TX) April 14, 2012. Click here to register. Prevention Funding Opportunities (webinar, 12:00-12:30 pm CT) April 19,2012.  Click here to register. The After Effects of Extreme Child Abuse and ... Read More »

To Our Members- March 2012

Dear Members, Welcome to the March issue of Membership Matters.  March is a busy time with celebrations for Women’s History and Social Work months.  The theme for Social Work Month is “Social Work Matters,” and for Women’s History Month, “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.”  Here’s how I connect these themes. The first class session in a social work course on domestic violence is always exciting.  Students introduce themselves and tell why they want to take this course.  The first time I taught the course (1998), students said it was an interesting topic.  Four years later (2002) they said they wanted to ... Read More »

Program Updates- March 2012

Safe Place, Inc. Dumas, TX Safe Place, Inc. provides services to more than four counties covering 4,200 square miles with more than 35,000 people. Recently the population in these counties has become more diverse with an influx of refugees, including people from Burma, Somalia, and the Sudan. The Agricultural Extension program partners with Safe Place, Inc. to provide refugees with information on family violence, shelter, and advocacy during monthly sessions. Safe Place, Inc also has a strong partnership with JBS Swift.  Survivors of family violence who are employed at Swift are assisted in a variety of ways including transfers to a different ... Read More »

TCFV Updates- March 2012

Save the Date: Next Steps: LGBTQ Youth Bullying, Suicide, and Dating Violence Conference June 21, 2012 in Houston Click here to register For more information, contact: Kathryn Blake kblake@tcfv.org or Rose Hernandez rhernandez@tcfv.org Texas Council on Family Violence: 1-800-525-1978 Regional Membership Meetings: March 30, 2012 - Region 9 meeting in San Marcos. Click here to register. April 20, 2012 - Region 8 meeting in Brownsville April 27, 2012 - Region 7 meeting in The Woodlands May 11, 2012 - Regions 5 and 6 meeting in Longview May 22, 2012 - Region 2 meeting in Midland June 12, 2012 - Region 3 meeting in Abilene August 9, 2012 - Region 1 meeting in Hereford (The ... Read More »

Resources- March 2012

Resources for Social Work Month NASW’s The Social Work Response to Domestic Violence Domestic Violence: A Cross-Cutting Issue for Social Workers The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Social Worker's Practice Guide to Domestic Violence Resources for Women's History Month The National Women's History Project Presidential Proclamation of Women's History Month History.com: Women's History Month (articles, photos, videos and more!) The U.S. Department of Defense's tribute to Women's History Month Read More »

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