Archive for October, 2011

Published by kstonebock on 11 Oct 2011

Dallas Cowboys Star Jason Witten Tackles Domestic Violence in a New PSA

Dallas, TX- October 11, 2011- Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten is unveiling a brand new Public Service Announcement for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to encourage other men to be role models and stand up against abuse.

The PSA, which was produced and distributed as a partnership between Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation, the Allstate Foundation and the Texas Council on Family Violence, focuses on the role of men as advocates against domestic violence.

“I am very proud to partner with the Allstate Foundation and the Texas Council on Family Violence to fight abuse,” said Witten, whose SCORE Foundation has taken an active role against DV since its inception in 2007. “This is a cause that is very important to my wife Michelle and I, and I want to encourage other men to stand up and be activists in this fight.”

For the past four years, the Allstate Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant to Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation to fund male mentors to serve on staff at family shelters across the state. The program, known as Jason Witten’s SCOREkeepers, focuses on providing women and children from abusive homes with a positive male figure in efforts to break the cycle of violence.

“Domestic violence impacts million, but few people want to talk about it,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “Last year in Texas, 142 women were killed by an intimate partner and that startling number is up from 111 women who were killed in domestic violence incidents in 2009. Jason Witten is a true advocate and his passionate leadership plays an important role in encouraging husbands and fathers to set healthy, respectful examples for the young people in their lives.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) collects data on family violence in Texas. In 2009, 196,713 incidents of family violence were reported to police.

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About The Allstate Foundation Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation partners with non-profit organizations on community initiatives that promote “safe and vital communities,” “tolerance, inclusion, and diversity” and “economic empowerment.” Teen driving and empowering survivors of domestic violence have been major initiatives for the Foundation since 2005. For more information on The Allstate Foundation work to end domestic violence, please visit www.ClicktoEmpower.org

Contact: Susan Risdon

214.226.6741

susan@redmediagroup.com

Published by kstonebock on 10 Oct 2011

Honoring Texas Victims: 142 Women Killed in Texas

New Report Released During Domestic Violence Awareness Month Shows Increase in the Number of Women Killed in Texas

Go Purple Campaign Seeks to Turn All Counties in Texas Purple

Austin, Texas – October 10, 2011 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas.  142 women were killed by an intimate partner in 2010.  That is an increase of 31 deaths over 2009.

The report released 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 list names of the victims and gives brief accounts of their deaths.

The report also includes a map, where the white counties represent counties where a woman has been killed in a domestic violence murder. The purple represents counties where there were no women killed by their intimate partner in 2010.

“Family violence represents a serious, preventable public health problem. We challenge all of Texas to Go Purple and strive for a state where no woman loses her life as a result of family violence, “said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence.   “Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities recognizes all Texas family violence victims lost in this tragic crime.”

GO PURPLE

We challenge Texans to simultaneously remember victims and envision a Texas where the whole map turns purple.

KEY FINDINGS OF THE REPORT:

  • The victim’s ages ranged from age 17 to 78. The majority of victims were between 30 and 39 years of age, followed by 20-29 and 40-49.
  • Six women murdered were under the age of 20. Three were teenagers. Of these six, three were murdered by a boyfriend and three were murdered by an ex-boyfriend.
  • Two 78 year old women were murdered by their husbands
  • Murders Resulting in Children Losing Their Mothers- 53 homicides involved women who had children.  In 41 of the cases, a total of 39 children witnessed the death of their mother.  A three month old represents the youngest surviving child.
  • Three 17 year old high school students were murdered

  • Five pregnant women were murdered

  • 56 cases were murder-suicides

  • Four women were murdered despite having a protective order in place
  • 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. (35 Deaths)
  • 18 women were killed in the Dallas County in 2010

  • 12 women were killed in Tarrant County in 2010

  • 7 women were killed in Bexar County in 2010

  • 6 women were killed in Travis County in 2010

  • 4 women were killed in Galveston County in 2010

  • 4 women were killed in Hidalgo County in 2010

  • 3 women were killed in Bell County in 2010

  • 3 women were killed in Cameron County in 2010

  • 2 women were killed in Potter County in 2010

  • 2 women were killed in Williamson County in 2010

  • 2 women were killed in Smith County in 2010

  • 1 women killed in Lubbock County in 2010

  • 1 women killed in Denton County in 2010

  • 1 women killed in El Paso County in 2010

  • 1 women killed in McLennan County in 2010

  • 1 women killed in Nueces County in 2010

  • 1 women killed in Angelina County in 2010

Terry added, “Domestic violence tears at the very fabric of our society and the surviving families of these victims remain changed forever.  As a community committed to keeping women and children safe, we must learn from a review of these tragic deaths.  Professionals and individuals alike have the ability to create the social change necessary to make Texas safe for women and families.”

Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities serves multiple purposes.

First and foremost, it pays tribute to Texas victims by memorializing their story with a brief account of the crime.  This report will evoke deeper and more meaningful discussions about barriers and realities that affect the ability of women to escape danger within their relationships.

The report strengthens our collective communities’ resolve to end violence against women and girls and work earnestly to save lives. We encourage the media to contact their local shelter or domestic violence program to localize this report in your community.

Click on this link to view the full report or to check the number of deaths in each county:

http://www.tcfv.org/pdf/Honoring-Texas-Victims.pdf

Contact: Angela Hale

512.289-2995

angela@redmediagroup.com

Published by cdrochelman on 05 Oct 2011

Program Director or Senior Program Manager, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Boise ID

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence is a statewide membership organization, based in Boise, Idaho, committed to engaging voices to create change in the prevention, intervention, and response to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.  We are hiring for the position of Program Director or Senior Program Manager. The Idaho Coalition is committed to services for all individuals regardless of race, gender, religion, age, ethnic background, social or economic status, sexual orientation, physical or mental status. People from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Director or Senior Program Manager for the Center for Healthy Teen Relationships, a national technical assistance program focusing on the primary prevention of adolescent dating abuse and sexual violence. The Center for Healthy Teen Relationships engages youth and adult influencers and promotes healthy teen relationships as a way to reduce adolescent dating abuse and sexual violence; and creates social policy change in the prevention, intervention, and response to adolescent dating abuse and sexual assault.

Program Director or Senior Program Manager will engage, plan, direct, and coordinate funded programs to build the capacity of rural service providers and urban and rural school districts, and allies who are receiving grant awards from the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women to prevent, intervene, and respond to adolescent dating abuse and sexual violence.  Seeking individual with excellent transformative and critical thought competence, capacity for and awareness of the space to take risks and develop innovative solutions. Extraordinary leadership and interpersonal skills, speaking and ability to work effectively with national organizations and facilitate national advisory committee. Emphasis is also placed on writing, generating and/or reviewing documents, and completion of reports. Some travel required. Excellent salary and benefit package, and flexibility. The Idaho Coalition will also provide a stipend for moving costs if applicable.

Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS in education, public health, or related field. Masters or PhD in public health, education, women’s studies, or related prevention field preferred. Experience in primary prevention strongly encouraged. Program Director – minimum ten years of experience working in public health prevention, education, or related field and adolescent dating abuse prevention or response. Senior Program Manager – minimum ten years of experience working in public health prevention, education or adolescent dating abuse, domestic violence, stalking or sexual violence.

Please submit an application packet containing: cover letter, resume, and two references. This position is open until filled. To submit an application electronically, email ladessa@engagingvoices.org.

To submit your application via postal service, please send it to:

Program Director/Senior Program Manager Position
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
300 E. Mallard Drive, Suite 130
Boise, Idaho