Archive for August, 2012

Published by cdrochelman on 17 Aug 2012

To Our Members- August 2012

Dear Members,
Many of you know but some outside our work might be surprised to learn that half the clients we serve in Texas domestic violence programs are children. Many of the children have experienced serious violations of their trust and their confidence. The impact of domestic violence can have long- lasting effects on the children and the battered parent, ranging from physical to psychological. For some children, the violence impacts their behavior and many times their educational goals. In this issue we highlight Back to School. August is a time when children and their parents start preparing for back to school: buying outfits, shoes and new school supplies.  The family violence programs across Texas face the challenge of assisting many families find the perfect back to school outfits and supplies.

Several programs in Texas operate on-site schools.  Having an on-site school offers a great opportunity to help support the emotional/psychological needs as well as the educational needs of the students and families we serve. So many times these needs are separated but, as humans, we come in one package. Although it can be difficult to meet all the needs of children and their parent, it is important that we all take an active role in their continued safety and security. Offering a more holistic way to support the children and their mothers is becoming more and more the norm.

Having the recent Sandusky trial in all our collective thoughts reminds us that as adults we must make sure that all children are taken care of, all children are listened to, and all abusive people held accountable for their behavior. In all settings, we must do what we can.

We can learn how to listen, be proactive and help the children and the parent navigate the world around them. It makes sense that we are part of the solution.

We can all make a difference to the children and the parents in these situations. Even something as small as a smile can mean so much.  When I see the smile in their eyes I see hope.


Melinda Cantu, MSSW, Director of Shelter Services, and
Yvette Mendoza Rouen, Director of Children’s Services

SafePlace, Austin
Category I Member

Published by cdrochelman on 17 Aug 2012

Program Updates- August 2012

Program Updates:

In this issue, we place emphasis on back to school efforts, while we highlight three family violence programs hosting back-to-school drives these efforts are mirrored across the state. We also include important TCFV updates and information, ways you can help with back-to school, and resources on the effects of family violence on children.

The Family Place, Dallas, TX

Back-to-School Drive.
As the back-to-school shopping season begins, The Family Place is asking folks to keep in mind the families who do not have the resources to shop for the school supplies on their list. The Family Place requests cash donations or donations of school supplies. They will give backpacks filled with school supplies to 400 children from their shelter, transitional housing and outreach programs. Some students who are served through The Family Place outreach programs are also in need of uniforms. The Family Place especially appreciates cash contributions as these enable the students to shop for clothes and shoes. For more information about the drive, click here. (

Celebrating the End of Summer Program
In addition to the Back-To-School drive, The Family Place seeks sponsors for 40 tickets to Six Flags.  The program is taking children from their Safe Campus summer program on a fun trip. For more information about donating to this event, click here.

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

Houston Area Women’s Center, Houston, TX

Back-To-School Project
On August 17 and 18, the Houston Area Women’s Center will distribute new backpacks and school supplies to the children who receive services at the Center. These children have been through difficult times. HAWC wants to help them feel good about themselves by sending them back to school with new backpacks and appropriate supplies, just like all the other kids have. Volunteers will fill the backpacks with grade-appropriate supplies, and the children will be given the opportunity to choose their packs. Parents will receive a packet of useful community resources and information.  There are several ways to get involved: by making a cash contribution, donating a backpack or supplies, or by volunteering to help sort supplies and backpacks.  Click here  for more information about the Back-To-School Project.

Houston Area Women’s Center is a Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.


New Executive Directors

Two Texas family violence programs have welcomed new executive directors in recent months.

Nikwai Noble is the new executive director for Dove Project in San Saba. In Carrizo Springs, Wintergarden Women’s Shelter’s new executive director is Brenda Campagnone. Welcome Nikwai and Brenda!

Dove Project is a Category II member.

Wintergarden Women’s Shelter is a Category II member.  For more information, click here.

Published by cdrochelman on 17 Aug 2012

TCFV Updates- August 2012

TCFV Updates:

Region 3 Membership Meeting

The Region 3 Membership Meeting was held on June 25 at Noah Project in Abilene.  The meeting was co-hosted by Glenn Stockard, executive director of the Eastland County Crisis Center in Eastland and TCFV board area director, and Leigh Ann Fry, executive director of the Noah Project, in Abilene. Barbie Brashear, executive director of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council in Houston, trained attendees on working with survivors with mental health issues.  Cassie Drochelman, TCFV membership coordinator presented information on how to plan and coordinate with other agencies for Domestic Violence Awareness Month resources and activities. The meeting concluded with a tour of Noah Project’s extraordinary newly-built shelter.


TCFV Statewide Conference: Moving Forward

The TCFV Statewide Conference!

We are excited to announce our 27th statewide conference. Moving Forward offers four excellent keynote presenters: Gloria Steinem, Rachel Alicia Griffin, Dave Thomas and Gary Baker.

Enjoy 30 excellent workshops and great networking opportunities.

Attend the preconference, Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter, a critical issue, on September 4. Limited Space

Join us for the membership appreciation party on the evening of September 4.  Enjoy great food, beverages, a cash bar and fun with your fellow TCFV members.  Also, you can look forward to a photo booth and special recognition of Texas staff and volunteers with 20 years or more of tenure.

Meet Gloria Steinem and take a picture during the VIP reception.  Limited space.

For more information, or to register, click here (

Published by cdrochelman on 17 Aug 2012

Get Involved- August 2012

Individual Members: Get Involved!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVES:  A great way to support your local shelter and family violence agency is by donating school supplies.   Visit our online service directory  to find the family violence program in your community and give them a call to see if they are accepting back-to-school donations.   

Published by cdrochelman on 17 Aug 2012

Resources- August 2012

Resources on Domestic Violence and Its Effect on Children

For Parents:

·        Helping Children Who Witness Domestic Violence: A Guide for Parents (Instructor’s Manual), Minnesota Center       Against Violence and Abuse

For Teachers:

For Advocates:

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