Archive for January, 2012

Published by cdrochelman on 15 Jan 2012

Get Involved! January 2012

Individual Members: Get Involved! Join a CAN!

As a TCFV Friend member, one of the benefits available to you is the opportunity to join one or more of TCFV’s Caucuses, Ally Groups and Networks (CANs).  CANs exist to ensure that TCFV remains accountable to persons affected or impacted by family violence, to provide opportunities for their involvement in TCFV and the movement to end domestic violence in Texas, and to create social change. TCFV currently has seven CANs (click to view each CAN’s webpage):

Click here for more information about CANs.

For Advocates:

Across the country, advocates work tirelessly to improve the lives of others, yet sometimes we do not make the time to secure our own futures.  NNEDV, NCRDV and US Department Labor are joining together to increase advocate knowledge and improve access to long-term security through retirement planning.


Webinar: Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning, January 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm EST

For many people, planning for retirement is a mystery.  Join us for a webinar that will help you unravel the mystery and reach your retirement goals. This webinar is designed for people who are 10 to 15 years from retirement. It offers a simplified, bottom-line approach to figuring out how much you need to save and how to make your money last over a possibly long retirement.

Click here to register.

Published by cdrochelman on 15 Jan 2012

Resources: January 2012

Stalking Awareness Resources:

National Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime

Presidential Proclamation:

National Criminal Justice Center Reference Service: Information on Stalking Awareness:

US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women:

NNEDV’s resources on Technology and Stalking:

UT Counseling and Mental Health Center on Stalking:

Published by cdrochelman on 15 Jan 2012

Updates: January 2012

Program Updates:

Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc. (SAFE-T), Mt. Pleasant

Congratulations to Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas (SAFE-T), recent winner of the Safeco Community Heroes award! Safeco Insurance agents submitted local hero applications from across the country.  Safeco Insurance then selected 12 heroes based on the applications submitted. Safeco Insurance is providing a $5,000 grant to the charity supported by each of selected heroes. Carol Gresham, Executive Director from SAFE-T, was chosen!  On Dec. 15, based on the results of a public vote, two of these charities were chosen to receive an additional $10,000. Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc. also received the additional grant. Congrats Carol and SAFE-T!

Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas (SAFE-T) is a TCFV Category I Member.  For more information, click here.

Friendship of Women, Brownsville

Friendship of Women in Brownsville opened a new facility.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Thursday, December 1. 2011.  The new  building offers much-needed space and allows the staff and volunteers to continue providing legal advocacy and consulting to survivors of family violence. Friendship of Women has provided essential family violence services in Brownsville since 1977.  Congrats to Lillie Champion, the board, staff and volunteers!

Friendship of Women is a TCFV Category I member.  For more information, click here.


TCFV Updates:

A Window Between Worlds Training:
On November 3 and 4, 2011, TCFV hosted A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) training, a unique opportunity offered at no cost to 10 Texas Family Violence Programs. Selected programs demonstrated an interest in creating a vital art program to help survivors and children heal from family violence trauma.  The AWBW is a national project focused on using therapeutic art to assist children work through their trauma and increase their self-esteem. It gives adult survivors a way to re-examine their feelings and develop a stronger sense of self and personal vision.  AWBW provided a portion of the funds, and TCFV provided the remainder. AWBW and TCFV offered both Children’s Leadership Training and Women’s Leadership Trainings.  Isabel Camacho, Coordinator of Residential Services at the New Beginning Center in Garland, participated in the training and had rave reviews. “After the Window Between Worlds Program, I feel more competent and more prepared to do these types of groups.  I feel excited to do my first session with the clients as soon as I arrive to work. It was a great experience and a great learning opportunity.”

The trainings were facilitated by AWBW’s Program Director, Olivia Piacenza.  Since 2004, Olivia has trained more than 650 Children’s Windows and 550 Women’s Windows Leaders and established 100 new programs nationally. Under her leadership, AWBW has developed more than 80 healing art workshops for women and supplementary curricula for families, teens and for family violence Education groups around the country.

For more information go to AWBW’s website.


Approaching the Bench Judicial Summit:

TCFV looks forward to hosting the third annual Approaching the Bench Judicial Summit in June 2012.  As in previous years, TCFV will look to members for topic suggestions and to spread the word regarding this excellent opportunity.  Approaching provides a venue for partners in the judiciary to come to Austin to identify challenges and forge solutions related to our state’s civil and criminal justice system response to family violence.  For more information, contact Tracy Grinstead-Everly at TCFV. 


Legislative Update Related to Stalking

In the 82nd Legislative Session, TCFV was able to accomplish improvements to our state’s existing stalking statute.  Among other important changes, the bill allows juries to hear more about the relationship between the stalker and the stalking victim, which helps the jury to gain a complete picture when deciding the level of reasonable threat the victim felt when stalked.  Because stalking can occur across state and county lines, the law will now allow for prosecutions in any county in which a part of this continuing offense occurred.

Published by cdrochelman on 15 Jan 2012

Upcoming Trainings- January 2012

Upcoming Family Violence related trainings:

8th Annual Innovative Approaches to Family Violence (Dallas, TX),January 12-13, 2012.  Click here to register.

Mandatory Reporting and Confidentiality, Center on Victimization and Safety, Accessing Safety Initiative, (Webinar 2:00-3:30 pm CT) January 17, 2012.  Click here for more information.

TCFV Executive Directors’ Conference (Austin, TX) January 30-31, 2012 at The Domain.  Click here to register.

Survivor-Centered Lawyering: Ethical Considerations (webinar, 1:30-2:40 pm CT) February 13, 2012.  Click here for more information.

CJSRT (Lufkin, TX) February 16, 2012. Click here to register.

CJSRT (Waco, TX) February 24, 2012. Click here to register.

Soul Murder – Understanding the Devastating Effects of Trauma/Abuse (Dallas, TX) February 26-27, 2012.  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, 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.

CJSRT (Abilene, TX) March 7, 2012. More information soon

Domestic Violence Danger Assessment and Risk Management: A Two-Day Training Conference (San Antonio, TX) March 15-16, 2012.  Click here to register.

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.

2012 Investigating and Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases (San Antonio, TX) April 11-13, 2012.  Click here for more information.

TCFV BIPP Conference (Austin, TX) April 13, 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.