Archive for September, 2013

Published by rrios on 27 Sep 2013

TCFV Salutes El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza for a National Honor for Creating Innovative 24-Hour Domestic Violence Program

Esparza Wins the National Paul H. Chapman Award in Atlanta                 

Austin, Texas – September 27, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today joined the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia in saluting El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza who is receiving a top national award for protecting victims of domestic violence.

The foundation has selected Esparza as the Paul H. Chapman Award Winner for his efforts to save lives, increase the quality of life for our most vulnerable and forcing his peers in the justice system to closely examine their role.

Jaime Esparza created an innovative first in the nation program called the 24 Hour Contact program to move family violence crimes more quickly and efficiently through the criminal justice system, and second, to hold family violence offenders accountable for their acts of criminal violence.

“Jaime Esparza, the El Paso District Attorney, is an extraordinary public servant with a fierce determination to shift the paradigm on the prosecution of family violence,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s CEO.   “This shift in core philosophical underpinnings grounded in a prosecutorial response, has frankly resulted in a more genuine victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to strength a survivor’s resolve for a life free from violence.”

Within 24 hours of an arrest, a victim advocate and an investigator will visit the victim.  The sole purpose is to assess her well being and to offer information on resources.  Within the 24 hour period, critical evidence is collected: photographs from the visit, the 911 call, a video from police dispatched to the scene, criminal history of the offender – in essence the DA’s office is ready to go to trial within 24 hours.  However most importantly, the victim receives an in-person visit to offer care and information to know she is supported by the justice system.

“The 24-hour contact program improves our prosecution efforts,” said El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza.“  As a result, victims and the community are better served.  Domestic violence cases are complex and very serious crimes that require our full attention and a well-coordinated criminal justice response.”

The Texas Council on Family Violence, The El Paso District Attorneys Office and the Center Against Family Violence will hold a news conference in El Paso at CAFV’s Family Resource Center on Friday October 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. to honor victims of domestic violence who have been killed in El Paso, to release the Honoring Texas Victims 2012 report and to raise awareness about family violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Published by admin on 26 Sep 2013

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day – Oct 9, 2013

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Published by rrios on 20 Sep 2013

Texas Council on Family Violence Joins U.S. Senator John Cornyn to Support Legislation to Stop the Sale of Murderabilia

Austin, Texas – September 20, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn to support his federal legislation to crack down on the heinous practice of the sale of “murderabilia,” items such as letters, hair, art work or crime scene DNA that inmates attempt to sell for profit from behind bars.

“Murderabilia” is the term used to describe crime memorabilia that violent prisoners produce and sell.  To stem the growing murderabilia trade, Senator Cornyn has introduced the Stop the Sale of Murderabilia Act.

“Domestic violence survivors have already been victimized once by their abuser,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s CEO.  “Crime victims should not be forced to re-live the crime as prisoners profit off the notoriety of their case by selling items to the public.  We praise Sen. Cornyn for his leadership supporting victims of crime.”

Internet sites nationwide currently thrive off the sale of murderabilia.  Frequently sold items include the artwork, hair, clothing, writings, blood, and even nail-clippings of convicted murders and rapists.  Prices of these items vary depending on the notoriety of the prisoner who produced them.  A letter signed by the Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan is currently being marketed for $5,000;  a sketch of Osama bin Laden by Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the DC-snipers involved in 23 murders, was offered for $500; a self-portrait of Charles Manson sold for $500; and the rosary of John Wayne Gacy, who killed 33 boys, sold for $3,000.

Terry joined Sen. Cornyn and several local crime victims’ advocacy organizations to announce the “Stop the Sale of Murderabilia Act.  The bill would prevent prisoners from mailing or having another person mail any object the prisoner intends to be placed in interstate or foreign commerce.  Through several provisions, the bill would remove the financial incentive for prisoners to make murderabilia and stop the trade in new murderabilia goods.