Archive for March, 2012

Published by cdrochelman on 21 Mar 2012

To Our Members- March 2012

Dear Members,

Welcome to the March issue of Membership Matters.  March is a busy time with celebrations for Women’s History and Social Work months.  The theme for Social Work Month is “Social Work Matters,” and for Women’s History Month, Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.”  Here’s how I connect these themes.

The first class session in a social work course on domestic violence is always exciting.  Students introduce themselves and tell why they want to take this course.  The first time I taught the course (1998), students said it was an interesting topic.  Four years later (2002) they said they wanted to work in a domestic violence shelter.  And this spring 2012 semester, students said, “It doesn’t matter where we work we need to know about domestic violence.”  I show them the Domestic Violence & Social Work Fields of Practice Wheel I developed to demonstrate the linkages between our profession and domestic violence and they say: “Tell us something we don’t know.”

I facilitate their learning about the domestic violence movement, universal screening, protective orders, risk assessments, safety planning, oppression, social and economic justice, and the intersections of gender, race, place, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, and disability.  We talk about helping women identify their strengths, the true meaning of empowerment, resiliency, culturally sensitive practice, and ethical dilemmas.  Students who are also survivors and the young women exposed to their mothers’ abuse as children share their stories, and we marvel at their resilience and determination to make a difference.

When students have that “ah-ha” moment and recognize that we are all abuse survivors, I know that these new social workers will matter because they “get it;” they understand that education about domestic violence means empowerment for all women including themselves.

Thank you to TCFV for recognizing the many contributions that individual social workers have made and continue to make as front line advocates and as members of the leadership teams of many shelters and organizations.  By breaking the silence about domestic violence, we have engaged a profession toward healthy relationships and have laid the groundwork for much needed collaborations.



Fran Danis

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington

TCFV Friend Member

Published by cdrochelman on 21 Mar 2012

Program Updates- March 2012

Safe Place, Inc. Dumas, TX

Safe Place, Inc. provides services to more than four counties covering 4,200 square miles with more than 35,000 people. Recently the population in these counties has become more diverse with an influx of refugees, including people from Burma, Somalia, and the Sudan.

The Agricultural Extension program partners with Safe Place, Inc. to provide refugees with information on family violence, shelter, and advocacy during monthly sessions.

Safe Place, Inc also has a strong partnership with JBS Swift.  Survivors of family violence who are employed at Swift are assisted in a variety of ways including transfers to a different shift and referral to Safe Place, Inc. to create safety plans.

A challenging aspect for Safe Place, Inc. has been securing interpreters. Currently the agency calls on Certified Languages International and Catholic Family Services.  However, the demand far outweighs the available resources, particularly when interpreting more complex issues such as explaining the American legal system and exploring cultural differences.

Challenges aside, Executive Director Kelli Cummings-Danford and the program’s staff are creatively working to provide clients with the safety and well-being to which they are entitled.

Safe Place, Inc. is a Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.


Executive Director: Heather Kartye
Family Crisis Center of East Texas, Lufkin

TCFV introduces Heather Kartye, the Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center of East Texas in Lufkin.  Heather previously served on the board of directors for the program and became executive director in November 2011. We wanted to hear Heather’s thoughts on her exciting new role! In addition, we are proud to announce that Heather is the newest addition to TCFV Board of Directors, representing Region 6.

What have your experiences been like as a new executive director?

My experiences as a new ED have been life-changing.  I am not the same person I was 10 months ago when I began as the interim executive director.  This position has taught me so much about the movement and the individuals we serve, but I have also learned a lot about myself.  I have grown significantly both professionally and personally since taking on this new role.  I am in the business of empowering people—whether it be survivors or staff.  And to see those I work with succeed is incredibly satisfying.

For more Q&A with a Heather Kartye, please click here

What is your perspective as a previous board member and now the new executive director of Family Crisis Center of East Texas?
Having previously served as a board member for our agency for several years, I feel like I really had a good grasp of the “big picture.”  Now in the ED position, I am filling in the gaps with all of the details as I learn and grow.

What are some of the challenges of being a new ED?
Every day on the job I am faced with new challenges!  (I doubt that will ever change.)  Of course the age-old issue of time management and finding balance are two things I often struggle with.  Challenges I see for our agency specifically are finding creative ways to generate additional funding so we can provide uninterrupted care to survivors and overcoming growing pains, which can be exciting, but also scary and intimidating.

What has been helpful or where you have found the best support?
The support in this new role has come from many sources, including our agency’s board of directors and other executive directors throughout the state.  Of course TCFV is a WONDERFUL resource.  The trainings/conferences are always top-notch.  And the ED list-serve is great.  The topics brought forth are always so timely and relevant.  And it’s comforting to know that our agency is not the only one dealing with difficulties from time to time.  But I have to say, my very best resource is right here within our agency.  The staff here has been incredibly helpful and patient with me as I learn the ropes!

What successes have you seen in your program since taking on your new role?
We’ve seen a lot of success in recent months.  We have realigned many of our direct service staff, which has increased our numbers and productivity.  Our two thrift stores continue to grow and thrive—which means additional unrestricted income for our agency.  We just completed a successful first year fundraiser of gourmet caramel apples sales around Valentine’s Day.  And the recent Criminal Justice System Response Training that was held in Lufkin was a success with almost 70 participants representing more than 10 different agencies.  However, the greatest accomplishments our agency has seen are survivors who, through our assistance, are becoming self-sufficient and successful in finding a life free from violence!

What were your thoughts on attending your first executive directors’ conference?
The ED Conference was fabulous!  I felt like a sponge the entire time—soaking up all of the valuable information that was exchanged during those two days.  The conference also provided an excellent opportunity to network with other EDs and professionals in the field.

Do you have suggestions for new EDs on how to make their transition smoother?
Hmmm…don’t be afraid to ask questions—even if they seem mundane.  And take advantage of TCFV’s many offerings including staff, online resources, and conferences/trainings.

Family Crisis Center of East Texas is a Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.

Published by cdrochelman on 21 Mar 2012

TCFV Updates- March 2012

Save the Date:
Next Steps: LGBTQ Youth Bullying, Suicide,
and Dating Violence Conference

June 21, 2012 in Houston
Click here to register

For more information, contact:
Kathryn Blake or Rose Hernandez
Texas Council on Family Violence: 1-800-525-1978

Regional Membership Meetings:
March 30, 2012 – Region 9 meeting in San Marcos. Click here to register.
April 20, 2012 – Region 8 meeting in Brownsville
April 27, 2012 – Region 7 meeting in The Woodlands
May 11, 2012 – Regions 5 and 6 meeting in Longview
May 22, 2012 – Region 2 meeting in Midland
June 12, 2012 – Region 3 meeting in Abilene
August 9, 2012 – Region 1 meeting in Hereford
(The Region 4 meeting in Arlington was held on November 8, 2011.)

TCFV Pays Tribute to Women in the Texas Movement to End Family Violence

TCFV Board of Directors, staff and members join to honor 73 staff and volunteers that have dedicated 20 years or more to ending family violence and helping Texas families stay safe.  Click here to see the list.


Published by cdrochelman on 21 Mar 2012

Resources- March 2012

Resources for Social Work Month

NASW’s The Social Work Response to Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: A Cross-Cutting Issue for Social Workers

The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Social Worker’s Practice Guide to Domestic Violence

Resources for Women’s History Month

The National Women’s History Project

Presidential Proclamation of Women’s History Month Women’s History Month (articles, photos, videos and more!)

The U.S. Department of Defense’s tribute to Women’s History Month

Published by cdrochelman on 21 Mar 2012

Upcoming Trainings- March 2012

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 9th BIPP Statewide Conference (Austin, TX) April 13, 2012. Click here to register.

CJSRT (Amarillo, TX) May 3, 2012. Click here to register.

Som@s Un@s, Som@s Much@s (Austin, TX) June 18-20, 2012.  More information to come.

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community’s 2012 Conference (Norfolk, Virginia) August 13-14, 2012.  Click here for more information.

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

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