Archive for February, 2013

Published by kstonebock on 19 Feb 2013

2013 Capitol Day

Advocates and volunteers traveled to the Capitol on Friday from all over the state to march for full funding of victim services for those who have suffered domestic violence and sexual abuse. Last year over 79,000 Texans accessed victim services, and current funding is crucial to the support of these different sites and programs. State funding helps to support 68 24-hour shelters, 10 non-residential centers and 16 special project sites. Organized by TCFV, TAASA, and Mary Kay, this year’s Capitol Day brought together hundreds of supporters, giving them the chance to raise their voices in unison, and meet with state legislators to speak about goals.



Published by jholland on 15 Feb 2013

Hundreds Of Victims’ Rights Advocates March On Capitol To Support Full Funding For Victims Of Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault

For Immediate Release.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Angela Hale, 512.289.2995, angela@redmediagroup.com
Rick Gipprich, Jr.  210.310.8502, rgipprich@taasa.org

Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Speak Out at Capitol Rally.

Austin, Texas – Feb. 15, 2013 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and hundreds of victims’ rights advocates from across the state of Texas are rallying at the Texas Capitol to strongly support full funding for family violence programs and rape crisis centers across Texas.  Last year, the 78 rape crisis centers in Texas provided free and confidential services to over 19,000 survivors and nearly 80,000 women, children and men found safe sanctuary from violence at domestic violence shelters.  State funding helps support sixty-nine 24-hour shelters, 10 non-residential centers and 16 special project sites.

Hundreds of volunteers from every corner of the state traveled to the Capitol to remember the 102 women who died in domestic violence deaths in 2011, advocate for the more than 100,000 Texans who accessed services last year and remind legislators about the importance of fully funding critical programs for those who have been abused and raped.

Stephanie Bluth, from Montgomery County, is one of many who accessed life saving services at a shelter. Stephanie was married for three years.  After, her ex-husband lost his company, she says he changed as a person and became emotionally abusive.

The abuse then escalated quickly to physical abuse and then one night, he locked her and their young daughter in a bathroom for 8 or 9 hours and he would come in once an hour to beat her. During one of the beatings he strangled her and she lost consciousness. He thought she was dead and he dragged her out into the hallway. He sliced her face from the top of the forehead to her nose and she now has a diagonal scar on her face. The pain woke her up and she pushed him and ran to the neighbors to escape and call the police. Her daughter suffered bruises from Stephanie lying on top of her to shield her from the attack. She lost everything and called the shelter in her county.

 “Without the shelter, I would not be where I am today.  I did not have anywhere to go and they were my one phone call.  They let me stay in the shelter, helped me get a restraining order, helped me get therapy, went with me to court and the police station and eventually helped me get an apartment,” said Stephanie Bluth, a domestic violence survivor.

“We stand here with a united message to the Texas legislature – Full funding for domestic violence services in a necessary investment to keep Texans safe,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “There is no greater threat to the fabric of our society than that of violence in the home.  We ask our policy leaders for full funding of these critical services,” said Terry.

Lorin Leatherwood of Houston was sexually assaulted on a rafting trip when she was only 15 years old. She remembers waking up underwater and choking, fighting to keep her head above water, screaming and running away. She was taken to a local hospital, identified her perpetrator and was finally driven to San Antonio to have a rape kit done. That day changed her life forever. High school was a blur. She felt shame and cried all the time.

The Houston Area Women’s Center got her individual counseling and group counseling where she met other women who had gone through similar experiences.

“The Houston Area Women’s Center helped turn my life around.  Services that help you recover from a sexual assault are critical to helping you heal,” said Leatherwood.  “I found my voice and learned that I was not alone.”

“Rape crisis centers in Texas have been modestly funded for years and cannot afford to weather any cuts to their budgets.  The demand for services is growing and the consequences of not meeting these needs can have tragic results for individuals, families, and communities,” said Annette Burrhus-Clay, TAASA Executive Director.

Mary Kay Inc. and members of the Mary Kay independent sales force are also partnering with TCFV and TAASA to raise awareness among Texas lawmakers about funding needs surrounding family violence and sexual assault services.

Mary Kay will have a display of pink Cadillacs at the Capitol to support efforts to raise awareness and will be joining the rally by painting Austin Pink to share the message that love should not hurt and that Texas families need the commitment of lawmakers for funding these critical programs.

“We understand how important it is for corporations to provide financial support to non-profit organizations in their communities, but we know that it is equally important to be an engaged and active advocate,” said Mary Kay Vice President of Government Relations Anne Crews. “While we work to promote positive, pro-active legislation in states across the country, Texas is near and dear to our hearts since Dallas is home to our corporate headquarters and our U.S. manufacturing facility. We are proud to stand with hundreds of Texans on the steps of the Capitol to continue our steadfast mission of preventing and ending domestic violence.”

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 Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) 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

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Published by jholland on 13 Feb 2013

Executive Directors And Other Leadership From Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence Programs From Around The State Gather In Austin For Joint Conference

For Immediate Release.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Angela Hale – 512.289.2995, angela@redmediagroup.com
Rick Gipprich, Jr. – 210.310.8502, rgipprich@taasa.org

Austin, Texas – The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) invite leaders to attend a two day conference tailored specifically for Executive Directors of family violence and sexual assault programs across Texas.

This year’s Conference once again takes place at the Westin Hotel at the Domain on Wednesday February 13th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and Thursday February 14th, from 9:00am to 5:30 pm.

Executive directors are expected to have an impossibly large set of skills to help their agencies thrive. Common concerns such as fundraising, board relationships, staff management and program development impact program leaders on a daily basis. This year’s conference continues to build on the skill-set of programs and offer “leadership elevating” sessions.

“Bringing together leaders who shape their respective communities response to the complex needs of victims is essential. They not only learn from key presenters on relevant topics, they also learn from one another. These practices keep us focused on providing the safety, empowerment, tools and resources that best serve families in crisis,” says Gloria A. Terry, President of TCFV.

Victims of sexual and domestic do not differentiate sexual assault services from those carved for family violence. What they do seek are sensitive and knowledgeable advocates, resources, and assistance to take the first successful steps towards becoming survivors.

As programs continue to expand our vision for leaders in Texas working with these vulnerable populations, they determined that a true and genuine partnership between coalitions provides the greatest opportunities for success. TCFV and TAASA work jointly to maximize efforts for developing impeccable services across the state for lives disrupted by violence.

“This conference gives the leadership of sexual assault and domestic violence agencies across the state an opportunity to enhance their skill sets on myriad issues impacting non-profits. It’s more important today than ever to foster strong, efficient, and well-managed organizations that both serve victims and positively impact their respective communities,” says Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director of TAASA.

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

  • Anne Pritchard Grady who captivated many executive directors last year in her “standing-room only” breakout sessions on leadership and productivity as one of our plenary speakers.
  • Cat Fribley with the Resource Sharing Project will engage us in discussion on succession planning and managing executive leadership transitions. She will focus on creating cultures that normalize these discussions in order to better prepare for these transitions.
  • Celinda Lake, founder and president of the nation’s most respected polling firms, will outline findings from national public opinion that researched voters’ attitudes toward violence against girls and women. She will offer recommendations for broaching the topic that will prompt action.
  • Nan Stoops, Executive Director and participant in Move to End Violence pilot cohort, will explore the future of the Violence Against Women Movement and lead us in discussion about the road ahead.

TAASA and TCFV hope that by joining forces they can unite the strong voices of the violence against women movement in Texas and provide vital resources to our members.

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.

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. For more information visit www.tcfv.org.

Published by abuentello on 04 Feb 2013

Transforming Trauma 2013

Transforming Trauma 2013