Archive for November, 2011

Published by cdrochelman on 07 Nov 2011

To Our Members- November 2011

Dear Members,

Thank you – Two simple words, one amazing message.  These two words convey partnership, gratitude and appreciation. As executive director of New Beginning in Garland, I know how passionate advocates, volunteers and partners are about ending violence in our community. Agencies throughout Texas have a variety of programs designed to aid families who have been affected by domestic violence, as well as extensive preventive programs with objectives meant to end the use of domestic and teen violence.

Many people across the state have worked daily to create and strengthen partnerships to help keep families safe.  Because of their efforts, family violence programs have level funding from the state legislature, which is an amazing result during a time when many other funding sources are steadily declining.  This outcome would not have been possible if not for the dedication of so many people, many who choose to volunteer their time, talent and resources to make this hoped-for result a reality.

Being a part of the domestic violence field in Texas is a humbling experience.  On one side, we are surrounded by a powerful group of people who are willing to use the resources and connections at their disposal for a greater good.  On the other side, we interact daily with another group of people who seek safety and support because it has been taken away, a group that is larger than ever.

Across the state, family violence providers are experiencing an unprecedented level of demand for services.  The number of calls to hotlines is increasing; the level of demand for emergency shelter is elevated.  Yet, those seeking shelter do not have the level of resources available to them as before. Thus they need to use shelter services for longer periods of time than in previous years, a phenomenon that is new to us, but perhaps one that was the reality for victims of family violence during other economic downturns in our country’s history.  The difference today is the fact that safe, supportive services exist to keep survivors and their children safe.  The difference today is the fact that an army of people have worked for the last three decades to create a better today and tomorrow for survivors of family violence and their children.

I am thankful for all those who have gone before us, who have paved the way for survivors of family violence to have safe places to go; who have walked through history to enact laws that provide safety and protections; to those today who continue to champion the cause, who choose for their life’s work to be focused on an end to domestic violence.

We have much for which to give thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Jennifer Morrison

Executive Director
New Beginning, Garland TX
TCFV Allocations Committee and Policy Committee Member
TCFV Category I Member

Published by cdrochelman on 07 Nov 2011

Upcoming Trainings- November 2011

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

Marriage-Based Immigration and LGBT Couples (webinar) November 9, 1:00-3:00 pm CT.  Click  here to register.

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

Documentation and Confidentiality for BIPPs (webinar) November 15th, 2-3pm CST.  Click here for more information.

Engaging Youth in Sexual Violence Prevention (webinar) November 16, 1:00-2:30 pm CT.  Click here to register.

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.   Click here for more information.

Communication and Technology for Violence Prevention- A Workshop (Washington, D.C.) December 8-9.  Click here for more information.

8th National Low-Income Immigrants’ Rights Conference (Arlington, VA) December 8-10.  Click here for more information.

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

8th Annual Innovative Approaches to Family Violence Conference  (Dallas, TX 75024) January 12-13, 2012.  Click here for more information.

TCFV Executive Directors’ Conference (Austin, TX) January 30-31, 2012 at The Domain.  More information soon.

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

2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters Creating a United Voice, English, Français and Español, (Washington, D.C.) February 27-March 1, 2012.  Click here for more information.

2012 Conference on Crimes Against Women (Dallas, TX) March 26-28, 2012. 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

TCFV BIPP Conference (Austin, TX) April 14, 2012. More information soon.

CJSRT (Amarillo, TX) May 4, 2012. More information soon.

TCFV Statewide Conference (Austin, TX) September 5-6, 2012. More information soon.

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Resources- November 2011

Click here to read about Vice President Biden’s 1 is 2 Many initiative – a call for young women and men to share their ideas about how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and college campuses.

Published by cdrochelman on 07 Nov 2011

DVAM Wrap-Up- November 2011

As October comes to a close, we celebrate a successful Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Go Purple Day.  Programs across the state sent pictures and stories of their DVAM efforts.  Click here to see them.

Thanks to each and every one of you who helped spread family violence awareness in October and continue the work all year round!  If you have pictures from your DVAM event that you would like to share with us, please send them to

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Updates- November 2011

In this issue, we highlight a visit to the White House and a new Family Violence Unit.

SafePlace, Austin

SafePlace Expect Respect Director, Barri Rosenbluth, had the distinct honor of attending a poolside reception at the Vice President’s residence on September 13th to commemorate the 17th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, welcomed guests and expressed their continuing commitment to end violence against women and girls. Among the approximately 150 attendees were family members who had lost loved ones to dating and domestic violence, members of Congress, advocates representing various local, state and national organizations, and youth.

Vice President Biden spoke passionately to the young people in the audience, encouraging them to reach out to peers involved in abusive relationships. Reiterating a message he had recorded earlier in the day on his website, the Vice President said, “Speak up and act and make it clear that violence against women will not be tolerated at your school, on your campus, at any time, for any reason.”

While the Violence Against Women Act has reduced domestic violence by 50 percent since its inception in 1994, according to Vice President Biden, rates of dating and sexual violence among young people have increased. In national surveys, one in 10 teens last year reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend and one in five young women had been sexually assaulted in college. In response to these alarming statistics, the Vice President launched 1 is 2 Many, a campaign targeting youth ages 16-24. He is asking young people to share their ideas for preventing dating violence and sexual assault at many.

Barri reflects on her visit, “As I stood just feet away from the Vice President in his back yard, watching the gentle movement of our flag beside him in the night air, and listening to him speak the words prevention, engaging bystanders, changing attitudes and promoting healthy relationships, I was proud of our accomplishments and full of hope for the future.”

SafePlace is a Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.

Belton Police Department, Belton

When officers respond to family violence calls, they have a protocol for dealing with offenders but often are not sure how to help victims.  The Belton Police Department has a new partner in responding to family cases, the Family Violence Unit.   It is one of the many projects of the Central Texas Family Violence Task Force, which attempts to create a multi-disciplinary, community coordinated response to family violence.  Police officers can call on volunteers from the unit to come and reach out to victims.  The unit was started by volunteers who want to make sure victims are supported and know about available resources.

The unit is currently seeking volunteers.  For more information, click here.

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