Archive for September, 2012

Published by cdrochelman on 28 Sep 2012

Upcoming Trainings- October 2012

October 5-6 in Austin, TX
Rethinking Power & Resistance; Gender & Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational.

October 10
Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, hosted by Futures Without Violence.

October 16 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm CT)
Advocacy ~ A Force for Change, hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

October 16 in Tyler, TX
Building Bridges a Domestic Violence Awareness Conference.  To register, call the East Texas Crisis Center at 903-509-2526.

October 18 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm CT)
Advocating on Behalf of Battered Women When the Abuser Works for a Law Enforcement Agency, hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

October 18 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm ET)
Does Your Organization Measure Up: Are You Really Trauma-informed?, hosted by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

October 19 (television broadcast)
Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Primetime Special, ABC Action News (WFTS-TV).

October 21 in Austin, TX
3rd Annual Jam for Justice “No Violence Day” Training & Music Festival, hosted by Crime Victims First.

October 24 in Austin, TX
The Texas Conference for Women, hosted by Texas First Lady Anita Perry

October 24 (audio conference, 2:00-3:15 pm CT)
Assessing for Racial Disparity in Your Community’s Response to Domestic Violence, hosted by Praxis International. Registration is limited to OVW grantees.

November 1 (webinar- 10am CT)
The Future of Batterer Programs: Reassessing Evidence-Based Practice, hosted by the Texas Council on Family Violence

November 28 (audio conference, 2:00-3:15 pm CT)
Community Assessments in a Large, Urban Setting, hosted by Praxis International. Note: Registration is limited to OVW grantees.

February 13-14 in Austin, TX
TCFV Executive Directors’ Conference

February 15 in Austin, TX
Advocacy Day

April 26-27 in Austin, TX
TCFV BIPP Conference

Published by admin on 13 Sep 2012

Texas Council on Family Violence Celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and Call for Bi-partisan Support for the Reauthorization of VAWA

Austin, Texas – The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) and The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) and ask Congress to support reauthorization of the landmark legislation.

The Hotline was created by the legislation and has helped millions of women, men and families since its’ creation.  The Hotline receives more than 22,000 calls a month from victims of domestic violence and their families and friends.

“The Hotline is open 24-hours a day, every day and it is a life-line for women, men, children and families in danger and offers victims help and hope,” said Dyanne Purcell, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.  “We are honored to have helped more than 2 million callers since the Hotline was created by the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA).”

United States House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, recently declared, “It is essential that programs like these are in place to protect victims not just from physical bruises but from the emotional and mental scars as well.  Funding through VAWA has helped women escape abuse and rebuild their lives.”

The Hotline and the Texas Council on Family Violence thank Texas leaders including: the Texas Congressional Delegation, the Texas Legislature, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for their strong support of victims of domestic violence.

“As Attorney General of Texas, I have the distinct privilege of administering the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Fund, which provides financial support to victims of violent crime and awards grants to non-profit organizations that serve Texas victims. I am proud to say that the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is one of our most effective partners. Given TCFV’s successes right here in our state, it is heartening to know that law enforcement and victims across the country will benefit from TCFV’s demonstrated ability to help vulnerable souls escape their dangerous oppressors,” said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.  Abbott has joined a long list of other Attorneys General in supporting VAWA Reauthorization.

 

Vice President Joe Biden today also praised the passage of the Violence Against Women Act saying it gives law enforcement and courts more tools to combat domestic violence and hold offenders accountable. “We created a national hotline to direct victims to life-saving assistance and since VAWA passed, annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by more than 60 percent.”

VAWA represents our federal government’s coordinated community response to sexual assault and family violence services.  Rape crisis centers, family violence centers, law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts all form a part of this response.

“Texas enjoys excellent and effective representation in Congress and particularly on the Judiciary Committee.  We appreciate that Chairman Smith working in a bi-partisan manner to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women’s Act.  VAWA enhances all parts of our state’s coordinated community response, from victim services to law enforcement to prosecutors and courts,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “The bottom line: VAWA has saved lives for almost two decades,” said Terry.

Last year, Texas received over $8.8 million as a result of VAWA.  Rape crisis centers used VAWA and other funding to serve victims by answering nearly 34,000 sexual assault hotline calls to Texas rape crisis centers and serving more than 15,000 sexual assault victims through support groups.  More than 80,000 victims of domestic violence including: women, children and men found safety and services at family violence centers.

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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.
www.tcfv.org

The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.
http://www.thehotline.org/

Published by admin on 11 Sep 2012

The 2012 Friend Membership Drive

Membership helps further the Texas Council on Family Violence’s efforts with Texas and federal lawmakers to maintain essential funding for family violence services and to promote laws that will assist victims of family violence. By becoming a member, you will be helping us further our efforts and you will also receive benefits like monthly newsletters, free member meetings and trainings, up-to-date family violence information and reduced fee for TCFV Conferences and Events.

Join or renew your membership between September 4th and February 14th for a chance to win a Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet!

Published by cdrochelman on 11 Sep 2012

To Our Members- September 2012

Dear Members,

“WE HAVE MANY BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONS; FAMILY VIOLENCE IS NOT ONE OF THEM.” La Alianza

With September being Hispanic Heritage Month, we are about to see, hear and experience all the beauty, sounds, smells, and tastes of everything Hispanic. Our presence is felt everywhere you go. We are here from various countries, speaking various forms of Español (Spanish) and many dialects. Many of us don’t speak any other language but English and remain Hispanic/Latino in our souls and in our knowing. As a Board Member of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, I was once quoted as saying “our people have a knowing that comes from generations that tells us instinctively that the perfect launching pad to do this work is by working together.”

Hombres y Mujeres, Juntos/Juntas por nuestra reverencia a la familia, a la cultura, al respeto, a nuestra fe, al amor, a nuestros hijo/as. Eso es nuestra historia, nuestro espiritu, decendencia y herencia. Es el legado y la lucha que nos han puesto en las manos para cultivar, proteger, criar y lanzar al mundo.
[Men and Women working together out of reverence for the family and the culture, for respect, for our faith, for love and for our sons and daughters. That is our history, our spirit, our descendants, our inheritance. It is the legacy and the struggle that’s been put in our hands to cultivate, protect, nurture, and launch into the world.]

So as we continue in this “knowing” to end family violence, we are anchored by this rich history and sense of commitment. We recognize that domestic violence within Latino families occurs in the context of communities suffering from a legacy of multiple oppressions. And yet we remain ever willing to promote understanding, initiate and sustain dialogue, and generate solutions that move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities, with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities.

Sincerely,
Patricia S. Castillo L.M.S.W., Executive Director
The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative

Published by cdrochelman on 11 Sep 2012

Updates- September 2012

In this issue, we highlight a successful fundraiser, steps in developing a Coordinated Community Response Task Force, the Region 1 Membership Meeting, and the Member Appreciation Party and Membership Drive, as well as domestic violence resources for Hispanic Heritage Month and upcoming trainings.

Program Updates:

Family Support Services, Amarillo, TX

Family Support Services in Amarillo held its 18th annual Original Harley Party on Saturday, July 28. The outdoor party was successful and included live music, food from 20 Amarillo restaurants, a cash drawing and a drawing for a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide.   More than 2,500 people participated and helped raise money for Family Support Services.

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

Family Services of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

Victim safety. Offender accountability. Battering intervention. Awareness. Violence prevention. We frequently use these phrases when discussing effective strategies to combat family violence offenses in our communities. Our terminology is paired with a professional insight on the dynamics of family violence, and we understand the magnitude of responsibility behind each element. However, when we use these phrases collectively, the reality of our limitations as single service provider emerges – “I can’t do this alone.” Onto the next buzz phrase: Community coordinated response.

Coordinated community response (CCR) is an intervention strategy developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) in Duluth, Minnesota. A number of Texas communities have implemented similar response systems, tailored to the specific issues they faced when responding to family violence.

Family Services of Southeast Texas in Beaumont has taken strong steps to formulate a CCR to address the specific challenges in their community. Frustrated with the number of domestic violence cases being dismissed for prosecution, Family Services revitalized their domestic violence task force team and began exploring how other programs utilized CCRs in their regions. “We wanted to see what other communities were doing to decrease domestic violence,” said Janet Walker, Executive Director of Family Services. “Seeing so many models was like a shot in the arm on how to have an effective CCR.”

The newly updated task force has since incorporated elements from El Paso’s 24-Hour Initiative project and Bell County’s District Attorney’s classes for victims of domestic violence. The task force then collected survey responses from more than 200 victims to hear their frustrations with the system. The task force also teamed up with Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness to develop a PSA to air locally and announce to the community the collective efforts to take domestic violence seriously and prosecute cases. But they didn’t stop there.

Family Services expanded their research to national CCR trends. They hosted Graham Barnes from DAIP to present “A Blueprint for Safety,” the Duluth approach on how to educate community partners to work together with victims and offenders of domestic violence. Barnes provided a day-long training to professionals, discussing the big picture of the Duluth-Model CCR, including victim-centered interventions. Barnes followed up with a training tailored specifically to task force members, allowing the multiple agencies to address the gaps in their current CCR. To advance communication on each individual offender in the system, the task force implemented a new software system, the “Domestic Abuse Information Network” (DAIN).

DAIN software allows BIPPs to communicate with law enforcement and the judicial system with greater efficiency. Walker explains, “We can provide real-time updates on BIPP participants with the courts and probation officers immediately after group sessions instead of monthly contacts.” DAIN allows CCR service providers to instantly track an offender’s court records, convictions, court and BIPP referrals, BIPP attendance, upcoming hearings, and re-offenses. Walker expects this increased communication particularly to assist in cases where one family must appear in multiple courts for civil and criminal matters.

The proactive nature and collective efforts of Family Services exemplifies that maintaining an effective CCR is much more than attending monthly interagency meetings. The task force aims to provide offender accountability and victim safety by incorporating additional words and phrases into their daily tasks: Dialogue. Perception. Inevitable disagreement. Alliance. Results. With added vocabulary in mind, Dr. Alvin Williams, Community Education Director of Family Services, recognizes the accomplishments of the task force over the last several months but also acknowledges the enormity of the task ahead. “Our work is still cut out for us.”

Family Services of Southeast Texas is a Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.

TCFV Updates:

Region 1 Membership Meeting

The Panhandle regional membership meeting was held in Hereford and hosted by Deaf Smith County Crisis Center and its Executive Director, Caryn Elliot.  The training topics were protective orders (presented by Joy Borjes, TCFV Public Policy Analyst) and engaging communities of faith (facilitated by Maria Limon, TCFV Prevention Coordinator).

We also celebrated the birthday girl, Maria Limon, TCFV Prevention Coordinator who trained on engaging communities of faith!

 

Membership Appreciation Party

Thank you for being a TCFV Member!

Members gathered for an appreciation party in Austin on the evening of Tuesday, September 4 and enjoyed great food, beverages, a cash bar and fun with fellow TCFV members.  A photo booth and special recognition of Texas staff and volunteers with 20 years or more of tenure in domestic violence work were party highlights.

The party site, Scholz Garten, is an Austin tradition that has been in operation since 1866, making it one of Austin’s oldest businesses.

The party was free for all members.  Non-members who attended were offered an opportunity to become a member at the party.

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