Archive for April, 2014

Published by Crystal Tabony on 28 Apr 2014

Full-Time Overnight/Weekend Shelter Victim Advocate – Hope Alliance (Round Rock)

Full-Time Overnight/Weekend Shelter Victim Advocate – Hope Alliance (Round Rock)

compensation: $10/hr non-exempt position

non-profit organization

Family and sexual violence emergency shelter for women and children has the following position available for immediate hire. WITH JOB TITLE IN THE SUBJECT LINE, RESUMES SHOULD BE CUT AND PASTED INTO AN EMAIL and sent to tracie.moore@hopealliancetx.org. Two positions available:

FULL-TIME OVERNIGHT/WEEKEND SHELTER ADVOCATE to provide hotline assistance and general advocacy to shelter residents. Shifts are on a rotating schedule throughout the month, 40 hours per week. Consists of one long weekend shift from 8am Saturday to 8pm Sunday every 3 weeks, and two shifts of 3 consecutive overnights in between. Overnight shifts are from 8pm until 8am.

Published by Crystal Tabony on 28 Apr 2014

Part-Time Hotline Advocate – Hope Alliance (Round Rock)

Part-Time Hotline Advocate – Hope Alliance (Round Rock)

compensation: $10.00 – 12.00/hour

part-time
non-profit organization

Family and sexual violence program has an opening for a victim advocate to answer hotlines and conduct intakes with victims and their families. 24 hours/week with some flexibility but the majority of them will be Monday- Friday, between 8a-5pm. Resumes should be CUT AND PASTED INTO AN EMAIL sent to julie.goble@hopealliancetx.org or faxed to 512-255-7331. Please note the posting title.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Conduct hotline and intake sessions with family violence and sexual assault survivors. 

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide intake, crisis counseling, case management, follow-up and referrals in-person and on the hotline to primary and secondary victims.
Work with other agencies in order to serve the best interest of agency clients.
Informally assess the emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of clients, formulating individualized service plans and goals.
Provide internal and community referrals to address identified needs.
Assist with the collection and maintenance of client data for statistical and programming purposes.
Report any incident of child or elder abuse to the Department of Public and Regulatory Services and appropriate WCCC staff.

SPECIAL SKILLS AND EDUCATION: 
Acceptance of and respect for agency philosophy, mission, and values.
Experience and ability to respond in a supportive manner to people in crisis.
Familiarity with the network of social services, including benefit providers, mental health, and criminal justice agencies in the Williamson County area.
Sensitivity to various cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, attitudes, and languages.
Ability to work as a team member, providing support as well as constructive feedback in interpersonal interactions.
Adequate personal health, social maturity, and emotional stability to fulfill the functions of the position.
Experience in independent job structuring.
Excellent communication skills. 
Ability to relate to other agencies and departments, including law enforcement, as well as to supervise and support staff and volunteers. 
Computer proficiency in Office including Word and Excel. 

Published by rrios on 22 Apr 2014

Bilingual Contract Therapist – Family Violence Center

DEPARTMENT: Family Violence Center

Location: 15555 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, Texas 77090                                               

Status: Part-time Hourly, 5 hrs. /week

Salary: $65.00/hr.

Client: Northwest Assistance Ministries

Posted: April 21, 2014

Closing: June 1, 2014

 

Description:

 

  • Working with Spanish-speaking adult victims of family violence in individual and family counseling.
  • Working with child/adolescent victims of family violence in individual and group therapy.
  • Ability to define therapeutic approach for each client.
  • All intake assessments needed to determine a client’s eligibility for therapy services.
  • All record keeping, data collection, telephone calls and scheduling necessary for clients.
  • Storage, maintenance, ordering and inventory of all therapeutic supplies.
  • Maintaining regular communications with FVC Director and Staff Therapist regarding scheduling and programming needs.
  • Staff all cases with Staff Therapist and/or FVC Director, including definition of problems and determining appropriate referrals, when necessary.
  • Flexible work hours as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.

 

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s level degree and licensure in counseling field.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) REQUIRED.
    • Experience in working with adult and child/adolescent victims of domestic violence.
    • Skilled in working with play, sand and art therapy materials.
      • Skilled in utilizing appropriate treatment models for targeted populations.
      • Excellent organizational skills and attention to record keeping.
      • Excellent verbal and written skills.
      • Proof of liability/malpractice insurance.

 

 

To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to: ctherwhanger@namonline.org

                    No phone calls, please.

 

Published by rrios on 11 Apr 2014

District Attorneys From Across Texas Gather in Dallas for a Groundbreaking Domestic Violence Summit with the Texas Council on Family Violence, the Only Statewide Organization Combating Domestic Violence in Texas

Domestic Violence Summit will be held in Dallas on April 10, 2014 

Dallas, Texas – April 10, 2014 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today joined with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) to launch a groundbreaking collaborative project for TDCAA and the Texas Council on Family Violence called Next to the Jury Box.  This project brings together elected prosecutors from all over Texas to discuss, prioritize and forge solutions related to family violence prosecution.  The Summit for Urban Prosecutors across the state is being held in Dallas.   A summit for rural prosecutors was held in Austin earlier.  

Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates will deliver the opening remarks at 1 p.m. at the Dallas Omni Park West Hotel at 1590 LBJ Freeway.  Gates, who heads the Dallas domestic violence task force, and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings have made domestic violence prevention a priority in Dallas.  

Elected District Attorneys from across the Metroplex who will attend include: 

  • Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper 
  • Collin County Criminal District Attorney Greg Willis
  • Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon
  • Heath Harris & Tammy Kemp- Dallas DA’s office 

There are also District Attorneys or their top assistants attending from all over the state including: El Paso, Lubbock, Laredo, Corpus Christi, Houston, Galveston, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Grayson County, Bell County, Comal County, Ector County, Potter County and every corner of the state. 

“Prosecutors across the state are in a unique position to shift the paradigm on the prosecution of family violence,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV’s CEO.  “A shift in core philosophical underpinnings grounded in a prosecutorial response will result in a more genuine victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to strengthen a survivor’s resolve for a life free from violence.” 

In addition, a core group of prosecutors from across Texas have been chosen to help lead the effort across the state.  They include prosecutors from El Paso, Comal County, Vernon, Floresville, Brazos County, Travis County, Bell County, Harris County and Nueces County. 

The list of prosecutors who have agreed to participate in the Texas Leadership Core include: 

  • Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons
  • Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp
  • 34th Judicial District Attorney Jaime Esparza- El Paso
  • 81st District Attorney Rene M. Pena- Floresville
  • Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka
  • District Attorney at 46th Judicial District Staley Heatly- Vernon
  • Anne Jackson- Bell County
  • Patricia Baca- El Paso  
  • Jane Waters- Harris County
  • Mack Martinez- Travis County 

Summit’s are being held across Texas to keep victims safe and holding family violence offenders accountable. 

Published by rrios on 11 Apr 2014

Austin Police Chief Remembers SXSW Crash Victims & APD Counselors During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

A Round Rock Mother Remembers her Daughter who was Brutally Murdered by a 12-Year-old Neighbor as Victims of Crime Bring Attention to the Importance of Crime Victims’ Rights Week on This 30th Anniversary

Austin, Texas- Thursday April 10, 2014- Austin will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Right Week by remembering all the South By Southwest Victims who were killed or injured in the recent tragedy and remembering the tragic murder of a 13-year old Round Rock girl who was brutally murdered by her 12-year old neighbor.    

“Our hearts and prayers go out all victims of crime; the little girl whose life was taken to soon and the victims of the South By Southwest Tragedy.  During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, I want to commend our team of crisis counselors on the frontlines, helping victims with information and informing them of their rights as a crime victim,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.  “The SXSW tragedy is one example of how there are many people behind the scenes that you may never see, but are vital to helping victims of crime navigate through the complicated criminal justice system.”

Judy Brumbelow’s daughter, Kelly Brumbelow, was the center of her universe.  She was a gifted athlete, cheerleader and ranked 2nd in her class.  But, her 13- year old daughter’s life was taken too soon, when a 12- year old neighbor brutally stabbed the teenager 97 times in the head and face and hid her body in his backyard under a pile of firewood.

Judy Brumbelow says she was treated with compassion from the start by the police and crime victim’s advocates.  She encourages others who are going through the process to speak out and don’t be afraid to ask questions if something doesn’t feel right.  She helped pass new legislation and believes victims’ rights give victims a voice. 

Only 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights and no assistance.  The criminal justice system often seemed indifferent to their needs.  Victims were commonly excluded from courtrooms and denied the chance to speak at sentencing. They had no access to victim compensation or services to help rebuild their lives. There were few avenues to deal with their emotional and physical wounds. Victims were on their own to recover their health, security, and dignity.

Today, Texas and the nation have made dramatic progress in securing rights, protections, and services for victims.  Every state has enacted victims’ rights laws and all have victim compensation programs that pay many of victims out- of-pocket expenses from the crime, such as counseling, funeral expenses, and lost wages.

“Our commitment to reaching every victim of crime is stronger than ever,” said Dr. Jennie Barr, Committee Chair of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  “For 30 years, crime victim advocates help victims on a daily basis to help with hope, healing, and justice. Our message to all victims of crime is this: You are not alone.”

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be held April 6–12, 2014 in communities throughout the nation.  A news conference will be held at the Austin Police Department Headquarters on Thursday April 10th at 2 p.m. and a ceremony will also be held Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Central Christian Church of Austin, Texas.

THESE GROUPS ARE PARTICIPAING IN CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK  

  • Advancing Victim Rights Law in Texas Workgroup
  • Austin Bella Corda
  • Austin Police Department
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas
  • Crime Victims’ Institute, Sam Houston State University
  • CrimeStoppers
  • For the Love of Christi
  • Institute for Restorative Justice, UT – Austin
  • Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, UT – Austin
  • Jennifer’s Hope
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • People Against Violent Crime
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
  • Texas Advocacy Project 
  • Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Texas Department of Public Safety, Victim Services
  • Texas Legal Services Center
  • Texas Office of the Attorney General
  • Texas Office of the Governor
  • Travis County District Attorney’s Office
  • Travis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • Texas Victim Services Association 

Media Contact:

Anna Sabana anna.sabana@austintexas.gov 512-974-5335 Austin Police Department

Susan Risdon susan@redmediagroup.com  214-226-6741 Texas Council on Family Violence