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Jam for Justice
Who: The Stewart Law Firm, Crime Victims First, and the National Crime Victim Law Institute
What: 3rd Annual Jam for Justice Training & Music Festival
When: Sunday, October 21, 2012 Noon-5p.m.
Where: Scholz Garten – 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701
Details:  This is a free community event to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to increase awareness about crime victims’ rights.
*Noon to 1:30 PM Free Training by National Expert Meg Garvin, J.D.Attorney and Professor Meg Garvin, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute will deliver a free training on Crime Victims’ Rights.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits available.  See attached Meg Garvin Bio.
*1:30 to 5 PM – Free Music Festival Featuring:  Country artist Quenby and the West of Wayland Band and Soul/Blues sensation Kalu James. Shannon Wolfson, KXAN News Anchor is the Master of Ceremonies.

What: Bystander Discussions in Asian Communities
When: Various – Contact SAHELI
Where: Various – Contact SAHELI
Details:  SAHELI will be hosting several group discussions on engaging bystanders in the prevention of abusive and oppressive behavior. Sessions will be community specific and may take place in the language of the community. Please contact us for details if you would like to participate or if you are interested in hosting a similar discussion in your community.
, 512-358-6318

Muslim Women’s group discussion in Arabic
Burmese group discussion
Indian group discussion – Sai Temple
Chinese group discussion in Mandarin
Several group discussions with Asian sororities/associations on UT campus

Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force
Who: Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force
What: 2nd Annual Stand Up for Safe Families Paddle Parade
When: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 5-7 pm
Where: Texas Rowing Center, 1541 West Cesar Chavez, Austin
The Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force and Texas Rowing Center are hosting the “2nd Annual Stand Up for Safe Families Paddle Parade” on Thursday,
Oct. 4, 2012, 5-7pm at The Rowing Center on Lady Bird Lake.  Wear purple and bring the entire family to this FREE event!  Texas Rowing Center is donating free rental stand up paddle boards, canoes and kayaks to the first 100 people.  The event is accessible to all and ASL interpreters will be provided.  Our goal is to raise awareness in the community of what “abuse” looks like and how to seek help.  There will be a SafePlace information booth along with speakers who have survived an abusive relationship.  Purple balloons will be released to honor survivors and loved ones who have been lost due to violence.  There will be face painting for kids of all ages!
For more info about the event or to volunteer, please contact Kirsha Haverlah, Office of the Constable, Pct. 5 at 512-854-9104.


Family Crisis Center
Who: Family Crisis Center
What: UnMask the Truth…Stop Domestic Violence
When: Throught the month of October M-F business hours
Where: Bastrop, Colorado,Fayette & Lee Counties
Adult & children victims of domestic violence as well as participants from the Batterers Intervention Program and community members designed and created masks that shows how a victims hides behind a mask and what it feels like to them.  These masks will be displayed in various locations throughout the four counties that we serve.  We are also asking all four county commissioners to sign proclamations declaring October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  In Bastrop County, we will ask commissioner and county judge to agree to go purple this year by lighting the outside of their courthouse with purple lights through October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Lamar University
Who: Bruised But Not Broken Support Organization Lamar University
What: 3rd AnnualCandlelight Vigil and Prayer Walk Against Domestic Violence
When: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Lamar University Campus, Setzer Student Center; Beaumont, Texas
Bruised But Not Broken is sponsoring Lamar University’s Third Annual Domestic Violence Prevention Walk, Candlelight Vigil and reception for the Beaumont and Lamar community to raise awareness of the problems with domestic violence and offer information to aid in solutions to those problems. There will be information from community organizations: Family Services of Southeast Texas; Rape & Suicide Crisis Center; City of Beaumont Health Department & Police Department and the LU PD and health Center, to name a few.
The walk will begin at 5:30 pm in front of the Setzer Student Center. After the walk, a reception with entertainment from Lamar University singing group – Psalms 150, LU Dance Team and the Cardinal Mascots and St. Peter Baptist Church Mimi team  and refreshments will be held. We have refreshments thanks to generous donations from HEB stores, Cart wells Catering department and many other generous organizations here at Lamar University and around the community.
Our walk is a memorial and honors members of our community that have been victims of domestic violence and survivors. This year one of our Memorial honors go to Susan Guidry Sattler, victim.


Who: Washington County Victim’s Task Force
What: 11th Annual Candlelight Vigil
When: October 30, 2012 @6pm,
Where: Blinn College Student Center, Breham
Details:  Please join us in honoring all victims in the State of Texas from domestic violence.




The Ark
Who: The Ark Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Shelter
What: Candlelight Vigil
When: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Where: Howard Payne University , Bronwwood TX
Please join The Ark as we light candles, read aloud the names of the Domestic Violence fatalities that have occurred in our tri-county service area (Brown, Coleman and Comanche counties) and dedicate a moment of silence to all victims of Domestic Violence. For more information, please call Stacy Reitz at (325) 643-2699.


Pheobe’s Home
Who: TCM-DVS Program/Phoebe’s Home and Brazos County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
What: 18th Annual Candlelight Vigil
When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012   7pm – 8:30pm
Where: Brazos County Administration Bldg., Bryan, Texas
The 18th Annual Brazos County Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil will be held October 9, 2012 at the Brazos County Administration Building, 200 South Texas Avenue, in Downtown Bryan. The event will include a keynote address; reading of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation; presentation of the Bob Wiatt Award and Voices Against Violence Award; and lighting of the candles in memory of those killed as a result of domestic or dating violence.


The Family Place
Who: The Family Place
What: Press Conference
When: 10/3 11:00 AM
Where: Frank Crowley Court House Dallas
Dallas County District Attorney, Craig Watkins; Dallas County Felony Court Judge Rick Magnis; Paige Flink, The Family Place and others will launch the recognintion of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Eastland county Crisis Center
Who: Crime Victim Assistance Center
What: Movie Premier
When: Saturday, October 20th 2012 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: 108 N Lamar St, Eastland TX
Free Event to the public! We are showing “Telling Amy’s Story.” This is an inspiring documentary about a young mother who goes through a long abusive relationship. You see the timeline that builds up to a domestic violence homicide that occurred in central Pennsylvania in 2001. We will have survivors of domestic violence giving you a quick look into their lives and how they made it through the tough times. There will be drinks for sale in the concession line at the theater, and complimentary finger foods served.

Fort Worth

SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Who: Tarrant County Council on Family Violence
What: Telling Amy’s Story
When: October 2, 2012 6:00pm
Where: TCU Brown Lupton University Union
Texas Christian University and the agencies and organizations of Tarrant County Council on Family Violence have partnered to bring awareness to dating and domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will be hosting a screening of the Verizon Foundation’s Telling Amy’s Story. Safe City Commission has graciously provided artwork from their Imagine No Violence campaign which will be on display. The artwork is done by local middle and high school students.
Texas Council on Family Violence President, Gloria Terry, will open the evening. There will be an expert panel discussion following the viewing of Telling Amy’s Story. Mary Lee Hafley, SafeHaven CEO, will close the evening.
About Telling Amy’s Story
Actor and advocate Mariska Hargitay and Detective Deirdri Fishel present an emotional story about America’s pervasive and largely unreported epidemic-domestic violence. Telling Amy’s Story is based on a timeline of events leading up to a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001 in Central Pennsylvania. The victim’s parents, co-workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the time leading up to her death. “While we will never be able to change the ending to Amy’s story, we hope that its telling can change outcomes for the millions of victims survivors and loved ones affected by domestic violence everyday” said Mariska Hargitay, who hosts the documentary and is the president and founder of Joyful Heart Foundation.
Click to watch a short preview of Telling Amy’s Story.
Click to view a map of TCU.
Reserve your free ticket.


Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County
Who: Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County
What: Yoga on the Beach
When: October 25th at 5pm
Where: Stewart Beach, Galveston, TX
An Event Held in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the Goal of Defeating Family Violence by Promoting Healing and Well-Being
The event is free and participants can register by email to or by calling 409-443-0511.
This event offers a unique and exciting way for the Galveston community to support victims of family violence. In the last reporting year, in Galveston County alone,  there were over 2,200 reports of family violence. This event is intended to support survivors on their journey to healing and encourage those who continue to live in violence.
Participants will be able to take part in a relaxing yoga and meditation class for all levels of yoga practitioners taught by Kathleen DiNatale of Yoga Haven. We also ask that you wear purple in support of Domestic Violence Prevention Month.
For additional information, contact Shannon Samuelson-Reeves at 409-443-0511 or at

Grand Prairie

Brighter Tomorrows
Who: Brighter Tomorrows
What: Our Words
When: Throughout October
Where: Online (Brighter Tomorrows’ Facebook page)
Using written word and photography to spread awareness of the emotional scars that domestic violence can cause, as well as the incredible strength and resiliency shown by survivors of violence.
Participants include survivors of domestic violence and community members who wish to show their support of the cause. They will complete a prompt related to domestic violence. These statements will be displayed on a placard, and participants will be photographed holding their words. Participants may choose whether or not to show their face in the photos.
These photos will be posted daily to Brighter Tomorrows’ Facebook page throughout October, building a photo collage of support, wisdom, and strength surrounding the issue of domestic violence.Survivors and community members interested in participating in this photo project during DV Awareness Month are encouraged to “like” Brighter Tomorrows on Facebook and contact Kate Waterbury, DV Coordinator at 972-263-0506 ex. 104.


Ask Seek & Knock Inc
Who: Ask Seek & Knock Inc
What: Remembrance Mass
When: October 19, 2012 at 7pm
Where: Sacred Heart Catholic Church 109 North Frazier St. Conroe, TX 77301
Sacred Heart Catholic Church 2nd Annual Remembrance Mass October 19, 2012 at 7pm
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Please join us for this special Mass located at 109 North Frazier St. Conroe, TX 77301 and a reception afterwards where you will be able speak to professionals about domestic violence, get counseling and much more. Please call the church office for more information at 936-756-8186 or visit for more information.

Bay Area Turning Point
Who: Bay Area Turning Point
What: “Eyes on Tomorrow” Concert for Greater Peace in the Next Generation
When: October 20th from 2-10 p.m.
Where:  Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Boulevard in Houston
Details: Kick back and enjoy cool blues and hot jazz with award-winning artists Dena Blue, Alyse Black and the Mambo Jazz Kings.  Our live and silent auctions are loaded with exciting packages that include TRAVEL, FAMILY FUN, JEWELRY & FINE DINING–something for everyone!  Tickets are on sale now at Adult tickets purchased online are $45, online student tickets are $35 and tickets at the door will be $55. All proceeds benefit the Bay Area Turning Point, Inc. and their ongoing mission to save and transform lives in Harris and Galveston County.


Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Who: Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
What: Caldwell County Family Violence Task Force Conference
When: October 12, 2012, 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: First Lockhart Baptist Church, 200 S. Blanco, Lockhart, TX  78644
HCWC is a co-organizer of the biennial Caldwell County Family Violence Task Force all-day conference with approximately 120 attendees. Panels will be held that include survivors, youth and 2 batters and their stories; and 3 awards will be given for professional, volunteer and law enforcement representatives of the year.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the fee is $40.00.

San Antonio

The P.E.A.C.E Initiative
Who: Josie Mixon and Viva Book Store
What: The Art of Healing
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 From: 2pm to 4pm
Where: Viva Book Store 407 Broadway Street  San Antonio, TX 78209, (210) 826-1143
Details:  A poetry/art venue promoting awareness for domestic violence & sexual abuse. Survivors/presenters will share their personal stories of survival through the arts.  Presenters are as follows: Rhonda King (Survivor, Poet), PW Covington (Service-Connected Disabled Veteran, Poet, Artist), James Doughty Munoz (Journalist, Writer), James Brandenburg (Certified Poetry Therapist), Dolores Zapata Murff (Visual Artist, Poet), Joyce Collins (Poet, Survivor), Sharon Jones (Sculptor, Survivor), Janie Alonso (Survivor, Poet), Sandy Garcia (Visual Artist, Poet), Jodi McDonald (Meta-ET Practicioner), Melissa Schulz (Family Violence Prevention Services), Patricia Castillo (The PEACE Initiative) Dr. Josie Mendez-Negrete (Professor, Survivor, Author) and Josie Mixon (Survivor, Advocate, Poet)


The East Texas Crisis Center
Who: The East Texas Crisis Center
What: “Building Bridges”
When: October 16, 2012 at 9:00am
Where: The Hilton Garden Inn Tyler TX.
“Building Bridges” Domestic Violence Awareness Conference (Hilton Garden Inn)
Topics and Order of Program:
1.      What is Abuse?
2.      The Dynamics of Domestic Violence (“Why doesn’t she just leave?”)
3.      The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
4.      Immigration Status Being Used as a Tool for Control.
5.      Secondary Victims  (Focusing on violence in the work place) Cheynne Whorton (Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Manager)
Modern Dance- “A Tribute to the Victims of Domestic Violence this Year”


Who: Healing Hearts Center
What: Breaking the Silence, Ending the Violence
When: October 30, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church in Banquet Hall, Waxahachie, TX
Details:  Telling Amy’s Story Documentary, Community Outreach Event.  This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  Please R.S.V.P By: Saturday, October 27th.
Contact: Alecia Peters at 972-388-4777 or at

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