Archive for May, 2011

Published by kstonebock on 26 May 2011

Make It Real

TCFV is excited to announce the return of our signature prevention-focused event, Make It Real. The theme of this year’s conference will be Building a Community Through Reflection.
Because prevention work is among the newer initiatives of many domestic violence programs, there are still a lot of questions waiting to be answered. Which is more important: speaking at as many schools as possible or preparing the best curriculum? How do we measure progress? How can we tell if we’re being effective? How do we balance the demands of donors with the needs of the community? The conference attempts to answer these questions and empower attendees with tools and techniques to better conduct their work.
The conference will feature many leaders in the prevention field. Presenters will include speakers form Close 2 Home, an innovative prevention program with a focus on neighborhood. We are also excited to have Sisters of Color United from Denver speak about their youth led mural projects. SafeHaven will discuss their unique approach of ending domestic violence one zip code at a time. The interactive theater group Voices Against Violence will perform and present workshops on how they incorporate prevention into their art.
We hope this conference provides attendees the chance to review their current work approach and set goals for the future.

TCFV is excited to announce the return of our signature prevention-focused event, Make It Real. The theme of this year’s conference will be Building a Community Through Reflection.
Because prevention work is among the newer initiatives of many domestic violence programs, there are still a lot of questions waiting to be answered. Which is more important: speaking at as many schools as possible or preparing the best curriculum? How do we measure progress? How can we tell if we’re being effective? How do we balance the demands of donors with the needs of the community? The conference attempts to answer these questions and empower attendees with tools and techniques to better conduct their work.
The conference will feature many leaders in the prevention field. Presenters will include speakers form Close 2 Home, an innovative prevention program with a focus on neighborhood. We are also excited to have Sisters of Color United from Denver speak about their youth led mural projects. SafeHaven will discuss their unique approach of ending domestic violence one zip code at a time. The interactive theater group Voices Against Violence will perform and present workshops on how they incorporate prevention into their art.
We hope this conference provides attendees the chance to review their current work approach and set goals for the future.

Published by kstonebock on 26 May 2011

Purple Postcard Press Conference

For the consecutive fourth legislative session, the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) has joined with legislators, law enforcement, judges, family violence service advocates, domestic violence survivors and other Texans to send a message of support for full funding for family violence services.  Family violence advocates gathered on March 14, 2011, to deliver purple postcards to the 82nd Texas Legislature.

Leading the show of support this year were Senator Jane Nelson and Representative Elliot Naishtat who both signed purple postcards. In addition to Sen. Nelson and Rep. Naishtat, TCFV Board President Marta B. Peláez and domestic violence survivor Renee Johnson took part in the press conference.  Ms. Johnson told her story of fleeing her home  and several shelters across Texas to escape her abusive husband. “If it wasn’t for domestic violence shelters in Texas, I would not be in my apartment today and I would probably be dead,” said Johnson.

Senator Nelson stated “Despite great strides in our state and communities, the voices of family violence victims are still too often silenced. Each of these purple postcards gives voice to those survivors, sending a powerful message to the Legislature that domestic violence services must be a priority.”
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Published by kstonebock on 25 May 2011

Texas Council on Family Violence Forges a Partnership with the Texas Bar Foundation to Offer Resources to Family Violence Victims with Limited English Proficiency

Texas Bar Foundation Awards Grant to TCFV

Austin, Texas – May 27, 2010 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today announced the launch of a new statewide partnership with the Texas Bar Foundation to help domestic violence victims with limited English proficiency better understand their rights and the laws in Texas.

TCFV continues to train legal advocates across Texas on current laws and helps them understand the barriers for limited English proficiency victims of domestic violence. This new collaboration enhances these efforts.

“The legal system imposes significant barriers for survivors of family violence,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s president. “Those barriers become even more daunting for survivors that do not speak English. We join with the Bar Foundation to offer information and solutions for these victims, who may face the most danger at the hands of isolating and controlling batterers.” Continue Reading »

Published by kstonebock on 25 May 2011

El Paso in Spotlight for Providing Innovative Solutions Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Combat Homelessness and Poverty

Texas Council on Family Violence Holds Groundbreaking Economic Justice Summit in El Paso

El Paso, Texas – June 16, 2010 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today announced the launch of new economic initiatives to help victims of domestic violence create long-term solutions to achieve economic freedom and succeed beyond staying in the shelter.

The question many women and some men struggle with is whether they can afford to flee a violent relationship. Statistics show that victims of domestic violence account for a significant proportion of those in emergency shelter in Texas and for a sizeable number of the “hidden homeless.”

“A woman should not have to choose between staying in a violent relationship or homelessness,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s president. “That is why I am proud to return home to El Paso to lead a discussion with experts from across the nation in the city that has been a national leader in helping victims achieve long term economic stability.”      

El Paso business owner and domestic violence survivor, Tish Times, consults with survivors of domestic violence to make sure they are prepared to excel in the workforce. Times said, “For many escaping an abusive partner is only the first step. Moving forward and creating an independent self-sufficient life is a critical next step. Survivors need to not only obtain a job, but also have the right mindset to successfully maintain their job.” Continue Reading »

Published by kstonebock on 25 May 2011

Honoring Texas Victims: 111 Women Killed in Texas

Join Us in Remembering Victims of Domestic Violence During October ” Domestic Violence Awareness Month” with a Special Showing of “Telling Amy’s Story,” a Documentary Focused on the Tragic Death of a Domestic Violence Victim

Austin, Texas – September 29, 2010 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Verizon are teaming up today to launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special screening of the documentary “Telling Amy’s Story” at the Bob Bullock Spirit Theatre.  Texas First Lady Anita Perry will be the keynote speaker.

“Telling Amy’s Story”, hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of NBC-TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, presents an emotional story about America’s pervasive and largely unreported epidemic-domestic violence.

Amy was shot in the head at point blank range by her husband while her parents and children waited in the car outside in the drive way as she was picking up her belongings and leaving the violent relationship. Amy was a Verizon Wireless employee. The Verizon Foundation is a sponsor of this documentary.

“Domestic violence impacts every segment of our community: a scared child cannot learn, the business community is impacted with lost wages, sick leave, absenteeism, and lost productivity, and from a health perspective – partner violence impacts 8

out of 10 leading health indicators,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s President.  “In the past 30+ years, Texas has made significant progress in creating safe havens, gaining greater legal protections and establishing remarkable transitional services.  However, family violence persists.  We must continue to examine and strengthen strategies that build on these key foundational services.“

In a new report released today by the Texas Council on Family Violence and compiled from data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas law enforcement agencies and media reports, 111 women were killed by an intimate partner in 2009.

The new report list names of those victims and gives brief accounts of their deaths.

  • In 2009, 27 cases occurred where one or more children witnessed the death of their mother. The youngest child to be present was a 9-month-old baby in a bassinet.
  • 38% of women were killed in a murder-suicide.
  • 110 children are now without a mother or orphaned.
  • The victim’s ages ranged from age 13 to 83. The majority of victims were between 20 and 40 years of age.
  • Three counties with large urban cities had the highest number of women killed: Harris County, which includes the city of Houston, had the highest number of deaths. (21 Deaths)
  • Dallas County, which includes the city of Dallas (10 Deaths)
  • Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio (10 Deaths)
  • Travis County, which includes the city of Austin (1 Death)
  • 10/26/2009 | Austin
    Rita Granados, 29

    Victor Colombo, 30, shot his estranged girlfriend Rita to death before killing himself.

“Raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention is a key issue for Verizon,” said Carl E. Erhart, Verizon Central Region President. “Verizon is proud to partner with the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline to bring this important story and its lessons to a wider audience and to hopefully save lives.”

During the Special Texas unveiling of Amy’s story, Texas domestic violence advocates will also showcase innovative solutions that each community in Texas can implement to decrease the horrifying statistics.

One new innovative project launched by a Texas District Attorney is called the “24 Hour Project.”  Typically, it could take 6 months after an incident for the DA’S office to make contact with the victim. By that time, the defendant has bonded out of jail, may still be living in the house and it is more difficult to document the evidence and prosecute the case.

Under this new program within 24 hours of a domestic violence incident, investigators from the DA’s office reach out to the victim, make sure they are safe, take photographs of the abuse, gather the 911 evidence tape and interview the victim at the time she believed her life was in jeopardy.

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Texas Council on Family Violence is a statewide organization representing a network of domestic violence programs that provide direct services to victims and their families, and serves as the voice of victims at the state level while working with local communities to create strategies

The Verizon Foundation in the past three years has awarded more than $15 million to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors.

Through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program more than 7 million no-longer-used wireless phones have been collected and recycled or refurbished to support domestic violence survivors, generating $8 million that has been given to local agencies since 2001.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 93 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, reflects, celebrates and inspires Central Texas through creative excellence, community engagement and lifelong learning. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest running live music television show Austin City Limits, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including the documentaries Tattooed Under Fire and Citizen Architect. Get more information about KLRU at klru.org.

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