Archive for October, 2013

Published by mcontreras on 04 Oct 2013

Legal Advocate – Hope’s Door

GENERAL DEFINITION: Provide legal options, resources, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide direct service to victims of domestic violence, including crisis intervention, law enforcement, justice system and or court accompaniment, advocacy, and referral services.
  • Assist clients with filing protective orders and restraining orders, collaborate with local attorneys to provide pro bono legal representation, and assist clients with crime victims compensation claims.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of legal and community resources in order to assist victims of domestic violence while navigating the legal system.
  • Assist clients with filling out crime victim’s compensation applications and completing the claims process.
  • Communicate with Collin County District Attorney office, police departments, and victim liaison as necessary to help expedite crime victim compensation applications.
  • Provide services in English and Spanish.
  • Collaborate with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and other legal firms and private attorneys to recruit attorneys to provide pro-bono representation to clients.
  • Preserve and enhance Hope’s Door image in the community through all interactions.
  • Maintain networking contacts with other area agencies as appropriate.
  • At every opportunity, inform community members of services available to victims of domestic violence.
  • Participate in any agency staff development workshops.
  • Provide trainings as needed to other staff on legal advocacy and community resources.
  • Adhere to Agency and Victim Services Program budgetary guidelines.
  • Assist clients with registering into the VINE system (Victim Information Notification Every Day).
  • Collaborate with the victim advocates in the police departments in Collin County in order to file/request police reports.
  • Assist clients throughout the UVISA application process.
  • Assist clients with completing Applications for the Address Confidentiality Program.
  • Register with Legal Advocacy Network (LAN).
  • Attend weekly supervision meetings as required.
  • Other duties as assigned by Hope’s Door Executive Management.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner and meet minimum performance standards. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required.

  • Excellent organizational, communication (verbal and written), problem solving, listening and inter-personal skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well under stressful circumstances.
  • Ability to empathize, encourage and guide.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Criminal Justice or related field required.


  • Crisis counseling experience preferred.
  • Must be sensitive to varying cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds and to varying value systems, attitudes and languages.
  • Experience working with victims of family violence preferred.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to speak, read, and write in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government/funding entity regulations. Ability to write reports regarding business correspondence and case notes.
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations in a variety of public speaking venues. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, managers, clients, and the general public. (teachers, counselors, principals)
  • Reasoning ability to comprehend all facets of program delivery within the collaborative networking system; ability to skillfully train and oversee all written documentation required for program and financial compliance as required by program funder. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee may occasionally lift and or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
  • Possesses a means of reliable transportation, with current required Texas liability, and has the ability to travel throughout Collin County to multiple location sites.

Work Environment:

The work environment includes office settings, shelter centers, churches, and open air settings.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Application Process: forward resume to

Published by rrios on 03 Oct 2013

TCFV Honors Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

Dallas, Texas – October 3, 2013 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today is pleased to honor and recognize Mayor Mike Rawlings for his outstanding efforts to rally thousands of men to stand up and speak out against domestic violence.

Each year, over 100 Texas women lose their lives to domestic violence.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the color for domestic violence advocacy.  We honor Mayor Rawlings with statewide “Go Purple” recognition and we challenge all of Texas to Go Purple and strive for a state where no woman is killed by a husband, partner, or boyfriend.

“The mayor’s initiative “Dallas Men Against Abuse” deserves statewide recognition for the outstanding efforts to combat violence in the home and bring public attention to an issue that is critically important to safety of all Texans,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s CEO.  “We praise Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings for his leadership supporting victims of domestic violence.”

We call on other mayor’s across the state to Go Purple and join Mayor Rawlings’ public advocacy to tell every man across our state, every young boy who will soon be a man — that violence is unacceptable and that men in our state speaking out is a critical part of demanding changes in actions and attitudes.

The Texas Council on Family Violence has been advocating for victims of domestic violence for 35 years.  As one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation, we lead efforts to end family violence at the statewide level.  Our partners include domestic violence shelters across the state.

Published by rrios on 01 Oct 2013

Foundation for Improvement of Justice Hosts its 28th Awards Banquet

The Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. hosted its 28th awards banquet Saturday September 28th, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta.   The Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1984 for the purpose of improving local, state, and federal systems of justice within The United States of America.  Each year, the Foundation accepts nominations for the Paul H. Chapman award to recognize and reward individuals or organizations whose innovative programs and work have made improvements in the various systems of justice.   Winners receive a check for $10,000, the Paul H. Chapman medal, a Commendation Bar Pin, a certificate of appreciation, and an invitation to an awards banquet held in Atlanta, Georgia.  For more information about the Foundation please visit our website at

This year’s Paul H. Chapman Award winners were:

Jaime Esparza, District Attorney for the 34th Judicial District in Texas recognized for creating and implementing the 24-hour Contact Initiative for handling domestic violence cases in hopes of improving prosecution efforts and victim services.

Melinda Aguilar, recognizes for her bravery and presence of mind that ended the killing spree of serial killer Coral Eugene Watts in 1982 and her efforts in the years that followed to ensure justice for his victims by testifying against him at a 2004 Michigan murder trial.

David Goldman, recognized for his work as Director and Co-Founder of the Bring Sean Home Foundation whose mission is “to assist victims of international child abduction, educate the public about the issue, prevent further abductions and draw attention to the increasing number of cases that currently exist with the purpose of returning abducted children to their  home countries and reuniting them with their left-behind families.”

Christopher J. Schmidt, recognized for his pro-bono work trying international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention.  He has successfully won five different cases and resolved additional cases without going to trial.  Because of his efforts, the State Department has listed his firm, Bryan Cave LLP, as a “preferred” law firm for handling international abduction cases.

Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA), recognized for its leadership in the struggle to reform Massachusetts’ Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) system.  The 2010 law prohibits job applications from including questions about a person’s criminal record and reduces the time a person has to wait to seal a criminal record allowing those who have paid their debt to society and opportunity to become productive and successful members of society.

Sergeant Jason Teague, a member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s SWAT team, recognized for his heroism and actions that helped prevent a tragic injustice from being perpetrated on five firefighters taken hostage after responding to what they thought was a “medical emergency”.  Teague was the senior team leader of the tactical group in the successful hostage rescue of these firefighters.


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