Archive for September, 2012

Published by cdrochelman on 28 Sep 2012

To Our Members- October 2012

Dear Members,
People are often compelled to action when they are personally impacted and connected to the stories they hear—those stories that touch their heart and activate their mind. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month remains an important observance because even though we’ve come so far over the past forty years in providing services, shelter, support and protection for victims of violence, every day people continue to be threatened, coerced, beaten, assaulted and damaged in their personal relationships by those they trust to love and care for them.

I think of my own story of being raped and remaining silent because it happened at a time when I was caring for my mother as she recovered from a car accident that left her paraplegic. It’s been six years and I’m just now beginning to talk about it—only to learn that my assailant was recently jailed for domestic violence against his new girlfriend.

I think of the 24-hour news cycle and the rampant, often misinformed and insensitive discussions of rape and violence against women that trigger strong, painful reactions as survivors are reminded of their experience… and the process of healing continues within us. Many wonder why survivors cannot just “let it go.” For most it’s never really over because the violence doesn’t stop, it stealthily moves on to the next person or finds other ways to creep into our lives. This is why we must continue to speak out, to tell our stories and to change lives. We must work together to say NO MORE domestic violence and sexual assault.

Young girls and boys deserve to grow up in a society that does not tolerate or trivialize domestic violence and sexual assault. They deserve to grow up in a world where abusers and rapists are held accountable for their actions and punished for their crimes. We must continue to speak out, to raise awareness, to ensure that anyone who ever needs our help knows how to get it and to ultimately, end domestic violence and sexual assault before it begins. Let’s take time out to mourn and say a silent prayer for the lives lost to domestic violence. Then get up and celebrate those that have survived. Let’s strengthen our connection to others working alongside us to end this horrible epidemic and work until the day the violence stops.

In peace and solidarity,

Kenya Fairley, Director of Programs
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Published by cdrochelman on 28 Sep 2012

Program Updates- October 2012

Program Updates:

FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, Humble
FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center has received an award of distinction from the Better Business Bureau of Houston’s Education Foundation.  The Foundation honored a select group of BBB Accredited Charity Partners that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence, and quality in the workplace.  Congratulations FamilyTime!

Brighter Tomorrows, Grand Prairie
Throughout the month of October, Brighter Tomorrow will use written word and photography to spread awareness of the incredible strength and resiliency shown by survivors of violence.  Survivors of domestic violence and community members who wish to show their support in the “Our Words” campaign can complete a prompt related to domestic violence. These statements will be displayed on a placard and Brighter Tomorrows staff will photograph participants holding their words. Participants may choose whether or not to show their face in the photos, which will be posted daily to Brighter Tomorrows’ Facebook page throughout October to build a photo collage of support, wisdom, and strength surrounding the issue of domestic violence.

Family Violence programs across the state are doing fabulous DVAM activities.  Click here to see a list of upcoming DVAM events in Texas.

Click here to submit your program’s DVAM activities to be posted on our website. 

Published by cdrochelman on 28 Sep 2012

TCFV Updates- October 2012

TCFV Updates:

Statewide Conference:

The TCFV’s Statewide Conference gathered leaders, advocates and allies to exchange ideas, discover fresh techniques and unite the many diverse faces of the Texas movement to end violence against women.

This year’s topics encompassed a range of statewide and national challenges — the growing number of family violence fatalities, the upcoming 83rd Legislative Session and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). While we face challenges, the conference also offered a moment together to celebrate our successes — our vibrant momentum legislatively, the services and innovations Texas programs have adopted and the diligent work of all advocates.

Renowned writer and activist Gloria Steinem connected our movement’s generations with her sold-out keynote, “Feminism: Past, Present, and Future.”  Conference attendees and community members had the opportunity to take a photo with Steinem and have books signed during the sold-out VIP Reception.

Our speakers and colleagues tested our collective thinking, invited new perspectives and connected our daily work to broader issues happening in our nation. We offer a special thank you to the 300 participants, presenters and staff who made the 2012 Statewide Conference a true step forward in the movement to end family violence.

To read more and view photos from the conference, click here.

Thanks to all of our members who attended the Membership Party!  We had record attendance, and we were thrilled to see so many of you.  To view photos from the Membership Party, click here

Published by cdrochelman on 28 Sep 2012

Individual Members- Get Involved- October 2012

Get Involved:
2012 National Call for Unity
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 2:00pm to 2:45pm Central Time
Each year on this free 45-minute call, approximately 400 listeners have joined us, with many more listening together in counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, meeting rooms, at school and at home; each year our numbers continue to grow. This is a very special time for us to come together in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to:

  • Mourn those who have died because of domestic violence.
  • Celebrate the advancements we have made to support those who have survived.
  • Connect those within the movement to end violence against women and girls.

This year’s call will feature the story of Christi Paul, CNN Headline News Anchor. Ms. Paul is a survivor of domestic violence and recently published author of a very inspiring and empowering book, Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt. She has a powerful voice and she uses it to help others in need, particularly children, as a Board of Directors member with Safe Kids Georgia and as an ambassador for Liz Claiborne’s Love Is Not Abuse.

Register for this FREE event at

Go Purple Day, Monday, October 15th
Join the Texas Council on Family Violence in observing Monday October 15, 2012 as Go Purple Day.  Support funding for family violence services by joining the Purple Postcard Initiative (  Wear purple to work on the 15th.  Once you have your purple on, consider posing for some photos.  Add a message about Go Purple Day to your website or facebook page.  Make or buy and then deliver some purple food for your community partners.  Consider thanking them for their efforts and ask them to continue to Go Purple everyday.  We encourage you to Go Purple in your own way, whether it is on Go Purple Day or any other point during DVAM or the upcoming year.

Membership Drive
There is power in numbers! TCFV strives to have more than 1000 members in preparation for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session and 113th convening of the US Congress. Membership helps further TCFV advocacy efforts which result in essential funding for family violence services and laws that assist victims of family violence.

Renew your TCFV Friend Membership and enter to win a Nook 8GB Tablet!

All individuals who renew during the Membership Drive (September 4-February14) will be entered into a drawing for a Nook Tablet. We will announce the winner at Advocacy Day on February 15, 2013.

Current members, you can win a Sony MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch Camera!

New this year, the TCFV member who recruits the most members will win a Sony MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch Camera.  Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to become TCFV members.  Be sure they indicate on their form that you recruited them, so that all of your new recruits will count toward your total in the competition.

Please forward this newsletter to your friends, family and co-workers and encourage them to join during the TCFV Membership Drive.

For more information or to renew your membership, contact Cassie Drochelman at, or visit us online at

Published by cdrochelman on 28 Sep 2012

Recources- October 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources

Whether you’re planning an event, or simply want to learn more about DVAM, here are several useful state and national resources.

Read President Obama’s Proclamation

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project:

The Texas Council on Family Violence DVAM Resources:

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence DVAM Resources:

National Network to End Domestic Violence resources (for fact sheets, statistics, etc.):

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