Published by abuentello on 25 Jun 2012
Archive for June, 2012
Published by kstonebock on 22 Jun 2012
On June 21, the White House unveiled a PSA supporting Vice President Biden’s 1is2Many campaign, a landmark effort to end dating violence. Last year, Vice President Biden launched the 1is2Many initiative to focus on a troubling fact—women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of relationship violence. The PSA features President Obama, Vice President Biden and many male sports leaders including Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Jimmy Rollins, Evan Longoria, David Beckham, Joe Torre and Andy Katz.
Young women still face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. In the last year, one in 10 teens have reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One in five young women have been sexually assaulted while they’re in college.
The 1is2Many campaign has consistently used The National Dating Abuse Helpline as a resource for young adults seeking help. The Helpline allows teens and young adults to speak directly to a peer advocate either by texting “loveis” to 77054, chatting online at loveisrespect.org or calling 1-866-331-9474.
Published by cdrochelman on 21 Jun 2012
This June many of you celebrated Father’s Day, but for many battered women Father’s Day is usually a day of celebration and mixed emotions about the parenting role the men in their lives take with their children.
Many men who batter have some level of contact with their children. Battered women want these men to be more nurturing fathers as well as supportive parenting partners. For the safety of battered women and the benefit of children who are having contact with their fathers, it is critical for interveners to work with abusive men in their role as fathers.
Many communities send men to parenting classes, which are not designed for men who use coercion and threats as a means of getting compliance. Anger management may be ordered but a focus on emotional regulation has been known to be ineffective with men who believe in their innate superiority over women. Others may be referred to Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs, which provide a level of work on responsible parenting.
I hope those of you who are working with men or with child protection will attend a one-day training Melissa Scaia and I will be facilitating at the pre-conference institute. The session is titled “Addressing Fatherhood for Men-Who-Batter.” We will also conduct a session at Moving Forward, TCFV’s statewide conference this September, that clarifies how to effectively intervene so there is greater potential for men to be nonviolent fathers and have respectful relationships with the children’s mother.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Project
Published by cdrochelman on 21 Jun 2012
In this issue, we honor men in the movement and highlight a fundraiser benefiting a Texas family violence program, a family violence program’s exciting award, several TCFV updates, and resources on family violence in the LGBT Community.
Men in the Movement
This month, TCFV honor fathers and all positive male role models in our lives and celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. TCFV celebrates the men in the movement that help create change in the lives of women, children and families. For a list of 45 men who have dedicated 11 years or more to creating safer families by working, volunteering or founding a family violence program click here. This is certainly not an all-encompassing list; if someone you know should be added, please email Maria Jose Angelelli.
Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, Seguin
On June 30, the Cibolo Police Department is hosting “Sprint for Survivors”, a 5k run/walk to Benefit the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter. For more information or to register, click here.
Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter is a Category I member. For more information, click
SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Ft.Worth/Arlington
Last week, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce recognized SafeHaven as one of two small businesses of the year. Safe Haven was chosen because of its achievements, innovativeness, response to adversity and contributions to aid community-oriented projects. Mary Lee Haffley, president and CEO of SafeHaven, thanks the 2,000+ volunteers and donors who provide resources to the program. Congratulations SafeHaven!
SafeHaven of Tarrant County is a Category I member. For more information, click here.
Suzanne McDaniel, In Remembrance
We honor Suzanne McDaniel, a crime victim advocate whose groundbreaking work has received national attention. She made unprecedented strides in improving the treatment of victims and witnesses. Suzanne passed away at age 59 from pancreatic cancer.
Suzanne’s list of accomplishments includes founding Texas’ first victims assistance program, building the Harris County prosecutor’s victim advocate office, serving as director of the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse in the Governor’s Office, and working as a victim information officer in the Texas Attorney General’s Office and project coordinator at the Texas Children’s Justice Act. Suzanne was also the first victim services director for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton presented Suzanne with a Crime Victim Service Award, and in 2008, the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus named an award in her honor.
Click here to read more about the life of Suzanne McDaniel.
Published by cdrochelman on 21 Jun 2012
Honoring Fathers in June
In June, when we celebrate Father’s Day, the Texas Council on Family Violence is celebrating positive male role models. You can celebrate an influential man in your life by making a gift in his honor to TCFV. When you make a donation, you can send our e-card to a special dad, husband or brother in your life. This card will let him know that you are following his example and positively shaping the lives of families in need.
Regional Membership Meetings:
The Regions 5 & 6 membership meeting was held in Longview at the Women’s Center of East Texas. The meeting was co-hosted by Shannon Trest, TCFV Board member, TCFV Area Director and Executive Director of Women’s Center of East Texas in Longview, and Heather Kartye, Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center of East Texas. Nikhita Ved, TCFV Family Violence Service Coordinator presented Empowerment Based Advocacy, and Cheasty Anderson from The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) informed participants about the benefits, challenges and concerns of new health care reform law.
The Region 2 membership meeting was held in Midland at Safe Place of the Permian Basin. The meeting was hosted by Carole Wayland, TCFV Board member, TCFV Area Director and Executive Director of Safe Place of the Permian Basin in Midland. Presenters Susan Risdon and Angela Hale from Red Media, a strategic communications company, engaged attendees in how to craft a successful public awareness campaign through new media avenues. A roundtable discussion facilitated by Red Media created dialogue about how programs in this region can reach victims and challenge the community to address domestic violence through use of the media.
Hurricane season is upon us and TCFV wants to help make sure you and your program are prepared. Please visit the TCFV Emergency Preparedness page for resources. If you have questions about how to prepare your program for a hurricane, please contact Hilary Andersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Jose Angelelli at email@example.com.
Honoring Women in Our Lives
On May 3, 2012, TCFV’s Honoring Women in Our Lives luncheon provided a great platform to showcase a few people that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life for women and ending domestic violence in Texas.
Marlee Matlin said it best “Together we stand as a united front, regardless of our disabilities and abilities, to make sure that there is hope and support available – to everyone, so no one has to endure the pain and anguish of domestic violence.”
Voces Unidas Fundraiser
Voces Unidas is hosting a raffle fundraiser. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Contact Cris Rodriquez firstname.lastname@example.org for prize information or if you would like to buy tickets.
At the end of May, TCFV convened judges from across the state of Texas for the third annual Approaching the Bench: A Judicial Summit on Family Violence.
For two days, judges engaged in conversation, sharing their experience and expertise on family violence in the courtroom. Presenters from across the state and nation led the judges in this important task, bringing current issues to the center of discussions.
Throughout the entire event judges challenged each other to think about their role in a coordinated response. Judges debated the ethics of participation, the importance of judicial leadership, and how a judge’s involvement can propel other stakeholders into action.
Representatives from Project Rio in Lubbock came to share how a coordinated response works in their community and other presenters shared an out-of-state perspective, offering Texas judges an opportunity to explore innovative practices.
Judges discussed barriers that survivors may face in accessing justice from the civil or criminal justice system. Interpreter needs, economic insecurity, intimidation and trauma were hot topics, and judges brainstormed options to solve the “crisis of access” in Texas and across the nation.
Conversation arose around many additional issues at the Judicial Summit as well. TCFV encourages programs to reach out to their judges on a continuing basis to forge relationships, partner to improve survivor safety and court access, and maximize offender accountability in the justice system. Such collaborative efforts send a message of zero tolerance for family violence and make our communities safer.