Archive for September, 2011

Published by cdrochelman on 30 Sep 2011

To Our Members- October 2011

Dear Members,

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a national and statewide effort to honor victims and survivors, bring awareness, and engage communities in the prevention of family violence. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity,” first held in October 1981. Throughout the years, this one-day activity grew into an entire week filled with a broad range of events designed to remember family violence fatalities, celebrate survivors, and support the volunteers, staff and communities who help keep families safe.  In October 1987, advocates observed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

During DVAM, Texas family violence programs across the state and nation host educational events, forums for dialogue, fundraisers and candlelight vigils to honor victims who lost their lives.

My name is Carolyn Mosley and my life changed forever on March 28, 2003, when my 15-year- old daughter, Trella, was brutally stabbed by her former boyfriend. I channeled my grief into the creation of the Ortralla LeWone Mosley Foundation to become a vehicle to help save other teens and their families from experiencing the unimaginable pain that I lived through. Our mission is to empower teens to choose healthy relationships through education, advocacy and support.  We have just developed Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Building Healthy Relationships, a model prevention and awareness curriculum that is available to all public schools across Texas. We want to enable teens to become survivors of, and advocates for, the prevention of teen dating violence and to mobilize the community through social, political and legal action.

TCFV releases Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The number of fatalities for 2010 is staggering: 142. Last year, six young women under the age of 20 were murdered by their current or former boyfriends.  Please take the time to read the stories of each victim and help us make Texas a safer community for all our teens, women and families.

For DVAM, I encourage you to take action!  Observe October 14, 2011 Go Purple Day!  Wear your purple ribbon throughout the month.  Support your local family violence program with a donation, by attending DVAM events, or by volunteering.   Help increase awareness in your community by talking to your family, friends, and co-workers about the prevalence of family violence and the need for services for survivors.

Make sure those around us know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Carolyn Mosely, Executive Director
Ortralla LeWone Mosley Foundation
TCFV Individual Member

Published by cdrochelman on 30 Sep 2011

Honoring Texas Women: Family Violence Victims in 2010- October 2011

For DVAM, TCFV released its report titled Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Victims in 2010. This report captures the narratives of the 142 women murdered in 2010.  It also analyzes key factors from these deaths. This analysis propels us to learn as much as possible about these deaths to further inform our work and the work of our partners.  This is a small snapshot of data the report highlights:

  • Our youngest victims: Three 17 year old high school students
  • Our eldest victims: 78 years of age
  • Murder suicide cases increased by 42
  • Number of women killed increased from 111 (2009) to 142 (2010)

Click here to view the report. 

Published by cdrochelman on 30 Sep 2011

Program Updates- October 2011

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and family violence programs across the state are hosting events. In this issue, we highlight four TCFV family violence program members and their DVAM events.

Women’s Shelter of South Texas, Corpus Christi

The Women’s Shelter of South Texas in conjunction with the Coastal Bend Coordinated Community Response Coalition on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is presenting “Telling Amy’s Story” on October 4, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development in Corpus Christi, Texas. This special film screening shares the experiences of Amy, a woman in Pennsylvania whose husband murdered her in 2001 as she was attempting to leave an abusive relationship. The event is being conducted to highlight the need for consistent, coordinated services to help victims of domestic and sexual violence and will include a group discussion and question and answer session following the film. “Telling Amy’s Story” is being sponsored by the Verizon Foundation and is free to attendees. Please contact Susan Holley-Lowe at or at 361-881-8888 with any questions or to reserve seating at the event.

Women’s Shelter of South Texas is a TCFV Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.

Bay Area Turning Point, League City

Bay Area Turning Point is celebrating its 20th birthday on October 1, 2011 from 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. at Big League Dreams.  The Mambo Jazz Kings, a 14-member band will entertain and pack the dance floor. Attendees can also chow down on delicious finger foods and birthday sweets, stroll on up to the cash bar, bid on fabulous silent and live auction items, amuse themselves with the fun games and observe or play in the Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament alongside a real past World Champion. All proceeds from the event including the “tournament winnings” go toward helping survivors heal and reclaim a life of peace and purpose.  For any questions, please contact Diane Savage at 281-338-7600 or visit the website at

Bay Area Turning Point is a TCFV Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.

Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, Galveston

On October 22nd, the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is hosting Yoga on the Beach: Defeating Domestic Violence by Promoting Healing and Well-Being.  The awareness event aims to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence and the need for healing in the Galveston community. A yoga and meditation class for all levels of yoga practitioners will be held at 8:00 a.m. at Menard Park on the seawall. After the class, attendees can browse through booths set up by local businesses in the wellness community. Click here to register online.

The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is a TCFV Category I member.  For more information, click here.

Family Crisis Center, Harlingen

The Family Crisis Center along with the Texas State Technical College in Harlingen will be honoring the victims that have lost their lives as result of family violence.  The event entitled Ni Una Mas/Not One More is scheduled for October 6, 2011 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the TSTC Cultural Arts Center in Harlingen, Texas.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Family Crisis Center is a TCFV Category I member.  For more information, click here.

Published by cdrochelman on 30 Sep 2011

Upcoming Trainings

Preventing Violence is Critical to Our Nation’s Public Health! – A Facilitated Discussion and Q&A Session with Public Health Leaders (webinar), October 4, 2011, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST. To register, click here.

Faith and Culture: Domestic Violence in Pacific  Islander/Asian American Relationships (webinar), October 6, 2011, 11:00am-12:00pm PT.  Click here for more information.

2011 NASW/Texas Annual Conference – Social Workers Change Futures (Dallas, TX), October 8 -10, 2011.  Click here for more information. 

Surviving Family Violence with 2011 Legislative Update (Killeen, TX) October 1, 2011.  Click here for more information.

Leadership Summit 2011 – Leadership Matters: Building a Foundation for Community Stewardship (Austin, TX) October 13 -14, 2011.  Click here for more information.

Unity through Diversity: Living at the Intersections – National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People of Color Health Summit (Albany, NY) October 13 – 16, 2011.  Click here for more information.

Nuestras Voces/Our Voices- National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference, Arte Sana (Padre Island, TX)  November 1 – 2, 2011.  Click  here for more information.

2011 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference: Issues and Innovations (Chicago, IL) November 7 – 8, 2011.  Click here for more information.

21st Annual National Multidisciplinary Conference on Domestic Violence, Celebrating Our Progress… Charting Our Future! (Salt Lake City, UT) November 7 – 11, 2011.   Click here for more information.

Aging with Dignity and In Safety: Community Strategies for Combating Elder Abuse (San Antonio, TX) November 14 -16, 2011.  Click here for more information.   Note: Registration is limited OVW Arrest Grantees.

The Texas Conference for Women (Houston, TX), November 17, 2011. Click here to register.

Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (EJS) Workshop (Santa Fe, NM), December 4 – 7, 2011.   Click here for more information.

Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities National Training Conference (Orlando, FL), December 13 – 15, 2011. Click  here for more information.

2012 TAASA Annual Conference – 30 years of Working to End Sexual Violence in Texas (San Antonio, TX), February 26 – March 1, 2011.  Click here for more information.

2012 Conference on Crimes Against Women (Dallas, TX), March 26 – 28, 2011. Click here for more information.

The 6th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (San Francisco, CA), March 29 – 30, 2012. Click here for more information

Published by cdrochelman on 30 Sep 2011

Get Involved! October 2011

Want to get more involved with your local family violence program?  Check out the Member Events page for a listing of upcoming events in your area.

2011 National Call for Unity

Tuesday October 4, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Central time

On this free, 45-minute national call, we’ll hear from survivors, advocates, national experts, and government officials working to end domestic and sexual violence. Together, we’ll share in a collective moment of silence for all the women, children, and men who have lost their lives to intimate partner violence and we’ll hear a dramatic recitation from nationally-renowned spoken word artists Sunni Patterson and Asia Rainey.

You can join the call from anywhere – at the office, from the shelter, from your home, at school, on your cell phone, or via Skype; however you must register to get the call-in information. To register, click here.

Hosted by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Casa De Esperanza.

Go Purple Day, Friday October 14

Join the Texas Council on Family Violence in observing Friday October 14, 2011 as Go Purple Day.  Wear purple to work on the 14th.  Once you have your purple on, consider posing for some photos.  Add a message about Go Purple Day to your website or facebook page.  Make or buy and then deliver some purple food for your community partners.  Consider thanking them for their efforts and ask them to continue to Go Purple everyday.  We encourage you to Go Purple in your own way, whether it is on Go Purple Day or any other point during DVAM or the upcoming year.

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