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The Criminal Justice System Response Training (CJSRT) is an annual project of Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). The purpose of the CJSRT is to provide communities throughout Texas free, high-quality training’s on topics intersecting with the criminal justice system and family violence. The training is designed to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration among your community’s family violence response systems, such as law enforcement, prosecutors and legal advocates, family violence service providers, and community partners.

The CJSRT will be comprised of a personalized one-day training as well as a second follow up training consisting of in-depth technical assistance on creating or enhancing a Coordinated Community Response tailored to your community’s needs. Additional follow up and support will be provided by TCFV coordinators throughout the year after the program receives their training sessions.

Participants can receive six hours of TDCJ-CJAD approved Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) including TCOLE, LPC, LMFT and SW.

2016 CJSRT Selections:

Seguin, TX : Date TBA
San Angelo, TX: Date TBA
Corsicana, TX: Date TBA
Webster, TX: Date TBA

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Training Topics

The Texas Council on Family Violence will be announcing the training topics for the hosts of the Criminal Justice System Response Training’s in January 2016!

Our Facilitators

Barbie Brashear
Barbie Brashear is the Executive Director for the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, a non-profit organization that works to coordinate a community response to domestic violence in Harris County. She attended Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is a licensed social worker in the state of Texas. She has worked in the domestic violence field for 20 years and has provided leadership to sexual assault programs, domestic violence programs, and long-term housing programs for over 17 years. She is a certified trainer for the Houston Touchpoints Team and serves on the Boards for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Community Collaborations Council.
Gretta Gardner Head Shot Gretta Garner, JD
Gretta Garner, JD is the Family Violence Director for the Travis County Counseling and Education Services in Austin, TX and serves as the Chair of the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force. Ms. Gardner’s career as a legal advisor for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault was inspired by her early work in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. She has worked for nearly two decades to help shape guidelines, policies, and procedures that communities can use to end violence against women. She received her BA in Psychology from Vassar College and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Texas and is certified in mediation.Ms. Gardner is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Core Faculty for Establishing Expertise as an Expert Witness with the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a Steering Committee Member of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community, and belongs to a multitude of local, state, and national committees that address violence against women and their children. Ms. Gardner received the 2014 “Unsung Hero Award” from the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and The Mary Kay Foundation.
Additional Facilitators TBA!
Interested in Hosting?
A CJSRT is provided at no cost to your program or attendees and offers continuing education to many disciplines.
Your organization must be a non-profit organization that primarily serves survivors of family violence to be eligible for hosting the CJSRT training. The host organization will partner with their local police or sheriff’s department and be responsible for participating in the planning process, obtaining a training location, marketing, and other logistics.
Programs will be selected by criteria including location, CJSRT history, and available resources.
For more information, please contact Sarah Hilderbrand at SHilderbrand@tcfv.org or (512) 685-6375.