Archive for May, 2013

Published by jholland on 31 May 2013

Texas Council on Family Violence Partners with the Texas Bar Foundation to Help Educate the Judiciary

For Immediate Release

Contact: Angela Hale
512.289-2995
angela@redmediagroup.com

Texas Bar Foundation Awards Grant to TCFV

Austin, Texas – May 30, 2013 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today announced the launch of a new statewide partnership with the Texas Bar Foundation to work with the judiciary across the State to ensure they have the latest information and updates on new laws passed by the Texas legislature.

TCFV’s Fourth Annual Judicial Summit on Family Violence kicks off today in Austin and will bring judicial leaders from across Texas, along with statewide and national experts to convene to address relevant, emerging topics and best practices involving family violence in the courtroom. This unique opportunity for peer dialog provides valuable resources and a forum for participants to share challenges and successes in providing leadership in the courtroom and the community to increase offender accountability and maximize victim safety.

“The legal system imposes significant barriers for survivors of family violence,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s president. “The judiciary bears the burden and privilege in accomplishing justice in family violence response. We join with the Bar Foundation to offer information on the new legislation passed this legislative session to protect victims of family violence and to work with the judiciary to help provide leadership to maximize safety for victims of domestic violence.”

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $14 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.

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Texas Council on Family Violence is a statewide organization representing a network of domestic violence programs that provide direct services to victims and their families, and serves as the voice of victims at the state level while working with local communities to create strategies to prevent family violence. Visit us online at www.tcfv.org

Published by kstonebock on 09 May 2013

Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Texas Council on Family Violence Praises Senator Jane Nelson for her Leadership

Austin, Texas – May 8, 2013– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today praises the Texas Legislature for their overwhelming support passing legislation to protect victims of domestic violence.

The Texas House and the Texas Senate passed SB 743 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The bill will better protect victims of domestic violence from individuals who continually violate protective orders. Rep. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, sponsored the bill in the House. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.

SB 743 creates a 3rd degree felony for offenders who violate a protective order two or more times within a 12-month period while the first violation is still pending in court.

“This legislation will further protect victims of domestic violence,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “People who repeatedly violate protective orders represent a serious risk of danger to victims of domestic violence. We are always working to review our current laws and pass new laws like SB 743 to better protect Texans. We thank Senator Nelson and Representative Lucio for their leadership and working with the Texas Council on Family Violence for many years to pass strong laws to protect victims of domestic violence,” said Terry.

102 women died in domestic violence deaths in 2011 in Texas. Last year 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.

By giving our prosecutors another tool to deter individuals who commit these crimes, we can better protect victims of abuse,” said Senator Nelson. “This legislation will save lives, and I am proud to see it on its way to the Governor’s desk.”

Protective orders are the state’s message through the court system to a batterer that continued violence is not acceptable. Unfortunately, batterers ignore court mandated protective orders, often doing so more than once, doing so close in time and even while another violation of protective order criminal case is pending.

As a case makes its way through the court system, it may take 12 months or more to dispose of one violation of protective order case, during which time the offender can continue to violate the offense and the offense remains the same level offense (a class A misdemeanor). This measure will make two or more violations within a single year chargeable as a third degree felony.

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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. HYPERLINK “http://www.tcfv.org”www.tcfv.org

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Published by kstonebock on 06 May 2013

TCFV TEAMS UP WITH THE ROUND ROCK EXPRESS TO STRIKE OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Round Rock Express baseball team teamed up today to get thousands of fans to Strike Out Against Domestic Violence.

“We thank the Round Rock Express for hosting the Texas Council on Family Violence,” 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 are thrilled to partner with the team to get the message out to baseball fans,” said Terry.

The Texas Council on Family Violence shared an important message today at the ballpark to speak up and say violence is never acceptable. In a new statewide push, the Texas Council on Family Violence and domestic violence programs across Texas are working with many prominent men and sports figures to take a public stand against domestic violence. The Round Rock Express joins the Dallas Mayor, Dallas Cowboys Football star Jason Witten, former Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and Emmitt Smith.

We believe by working together we can make a difference in the lives of Texas families.

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