Archive for April, 2012

Published by admin on 27 Apr 2012

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) jointly laud Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for her leadership and wisdom in supporting S.1925, the bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) represents the federal government’s commitment to addressing violence against women in innovative and life saving approaches to the coordinated community response, which includes law enforcement, prosecutors, the courts, and victim services. VAWA funds training and direct services in response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Gloria Terry, TCFV President, said today, “Our nation and Texas are better for having VAWA; women and families are safer as a direct result of VAWA.”

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Published by admin on 27 Apr 2012

The Texas Council On Family Violence And The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Salute Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison For Her Continued Support Of The Violence Against Women Act. TCFV and TAASA Now Call On The House To Follow Suit.

MEDIA CONTACT:
ANGELA HALE, 512.289.2995, angela@redmediagroup.com

Austin, Texas – April 27, 2012– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) jointly laud Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for her leadership and wisdom in supporting S.1925, the bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) represents the federal government’s commitment to addressing violence against women in innovative and life saving approaches to the coordinated community response, which includes law enforcement, prosecutors, the courts, and victim services. VAWA funds training and direct services in response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Gloria Terry, TCFV President, said today, “Our nation and Texas are better for having VAWA; women and families are safer as a direct result of VAWA.”

Yesterday, the reauthorization of the historic and seminal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) came to the floor of the Senate for a vote. After strong debate and spirited compromise, S.1925 passed the Senate by a significant margin. Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director of TAASA said, “By voting in favor of the bill, Senator Hutchison continued her stellar advocacy for women who have been victimized by their intimate partner or who have suffered rape.” In a related move, Senator Hutchison also recently voted to level-fund VAWA in the Senate budget, itself an important victory in the current dire federal fiscal reality.
Way to go, Senator Hutchison!

As the House turns its attention to VAWA reauthorization, TCFV and TAASA call on the Texas delegation to follow Senator Hutchison’s example and work towards a bill that resembles or mirrors S.1925, the most vetted and informed approach to VAWA reauthorization.

Finally, Senator Cornyn voted against S.1925. TCFV and TAASA appreciate Senator Cornyn’s earnest efforts towards compromise and look for continued opportunities to work with Senator Cornyn to gain his support for S.1925 as it continues in the legislative process.

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The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), formed in 1978, is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation. TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence. See www.tcfv.org.

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is the statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas. A non-profit educational and advocacy organization based in Austin, TAASA member agencies comprise a statewide network of more than 80 crisis centers that serve rural as well as metropolitan areas. Founded in 1982, the agency has a strong record of success in community education, legal services, youth outreach, law enforcement training, legislative advocacy, and curricula and materials development. Additional information about TAASA can be found at www.taasa.org.

Published by kstonebock on 26 Apr 2012

CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS CEREMONY TO HONOR VICTIMS OF CRIME IN TEXAS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2012
CONTACT: Susan Risdon
214-226-6741
susan@redmediagroup.com

Austin, Texas — There are crimes committed every second of every day throughout our nation and here in our home state of Texas. Tonight we light candles and challenge the nation to honor the victims of these crimes and reflect on their families and the professionals who serve them. This year’s theme extends the vision of protecting victims’ rights to reach every victim of crime. Barbara Jordan once said, “We have a positive vision of the future founded on the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed. We believe that.”

The Texas observance of Crime Victims’ Rights Week is being organized by the Austin area victim service agencies coalition in cooperation with the Texas Victim Service Association (TVSA). The kickoff event is Thursday night at 7 p.m. Victims of crime will be in attendance and will participate in the ceremony; including a victim of drunk driving who suffered a traumatic brain injury, family members of murder victims and an adult survivor of child abuse. They will be available for interviews along with the leaders of all the statewide and local crime victims’ rights groups.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca Street 
Austin, TX 78701

This year’s theme — Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim — celebrates the progress of honoring crime victims, advancing their rights and the ideal of serving all victims of crime. The vision that launched the victims’ rights movement emerged more than 30 years ago. Then — as now — crime victims endured physical and emotional wounds, costly financial burdens, an often hostile criminal justice system and an alarming public tendency to blame them for the crimes against them. Victims were often excluded from courtrooms, disrespected by officials and afforded few rights. Victims began organizing to confront these challenges and to promote fair, compassionate and respectful responses to victims of crime.

The timing of this week, which brings greater awareness to victim issues, could not be more appropriate. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are currently considering the reauthorization of the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA).

The following organizations will be participating in the kickoff event:

Office of the Governor
Office of the Attorney General
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
People Against Violent Crime
MADD Texas State
Texas CASA
Texas Council on Family Violence
VICARS
Travis County District Attorney’s Office
For the Love of Christi
TDCJ Victim Services Division
Texas Victim Services Association
Texas Department of Public Safety
United Way Killeen
Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue
Texas District & County Attorneys Association
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Texas Legal Services Center
Austin Police Department Victim Services
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
John & Mary Brantley
Debbie Weiss & Catherine Rains
 

 

 

Published by cdrochelman on 17 Apr 2012

Program Director, Family Crisis Center of East Texas (Women’s Shelter of East Texas) Lufkin, TX

Title: Program Director

Status: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: based on experience, (base pay is $32,000-$38,000/year)

Local non-profit organization seeks Program Director.

This position is responsible for the direction, supervision, and coordination of direct client services. Must be a highly motivated individual with superior time management skills and the ability to multi-task. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other related field with two years experience in a supervisory position preferred. Previous experience working in a crisis environment with victims of crime and/or in a homeless shelter a plus. Strategic thinking abilities and professional communication skills a must. Should possess ability to work with diverse populations and perform in high pressure situations. Pay commensurate with experience.

Send resume to:
Family Crisis Center of East Texas, Attn: Whitney
P.O. Box 510, Lufkin, TX 75902

Must have and maintain a valid Class C Texas Drivers License and proof of current insurance.

Must have and maintain an acceptable criminal record check.

If you are interested and would like more information about this position , or how to apply, please contact Whitney Burran at wburranwset@suddenlinkmail.com

Published by kstonebock on 16 Apr 2012

Join Us and Recognize National Crime Victim’s Rights Week

Each April since 1981, Office for Victims of Crime has facilitated the annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

To the founders of the victims’ rights movement, justice meant that all victims — regardless of geography, demographics, or financial status —would have the rights and services they need in the aftermath of a crime. This year’s theme “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim” recommits to this ideal.

While many local communities observe Crime Victims’ Rights Week in various ways, Texas organizations working at the state level have collaborated to hold an event in Austin for the last several years. Please join us Thursday, April 26 for the statewide observance of NCVRW.

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Representative Mark Strama and will recognize survivors who have overcome victimization and celebrate the services that provide many victims with hope for healing. Please read below for more details.

Please join us:

When: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7 PM
Where: The Great Hall
Family Life Center
1300 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX

A food reception will follow.

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