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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 trainings 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:

Friendswood, TX: March 9, 2016
Corsicana, TX: May 5, 2016
Seguin, TX : Date TBA
San Angelo, 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.
 headshot Sarah Hilderbrand, LMSW
Sarah Hilderbrand is a Family Violence Services Coordinator with the Texas Council on Family Violence, where she provides support to service providers across the state in the form of customized training’s, coordinated community response development, and batterer intervention and prevention audits. She attended the University of Texas where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a licensed master social worker. Prior to her work with TCFV, she was a Victim Witness Counselor with the Victim Services Unit at the Austin Police Department, where she provided safety planning, brief counseling and crisis intervention, court accompaniment, explanation of the criminal investigative process, and criminal justice advocacy to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Sarah has also worked as a hotline advocate for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and as a Residential Victim’s Advocate at True North, a family violence shelter in Central Missouri.
 Tracy headshot Tracy Grinstead-Everly, JD,
Ms. Tracy Grinstead-Everly is the legal Public Policy Manager with the Texas Council on Family Violence, dedicated to developing and promoting laws and policies that expand safe options for family violence survivors.  She has been working in the family violence field for over 25 years.  A prior hotline advocate, specialized mediator, and managing Violence Against Women Act civil grant attorney, she continues to support survivors and trains civil and criminal justice system officials and community members on family violence.  Her particular areas of expertise include firearms, protective orders, legal and legislative advocacy, family law, and ethics.  She graduated magna cum laude from TeikyoWestmar University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in history, philosophy and political science.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1995. 
Sgt. Melissa Holbrook
Sgt. Melissa Holbrook is a 24 year veteran with the Houston Police Department and is currently assigned to a Murder Squad within the Homicide Division.  She has worked in several divisions including Patrol, Burglary and Theft, Major Assaults, Crime Scene Unit and Internal Affairs. From 2006–2012, Sgt. Holbrook was assigned to the Special Crimes Division/ Family Violence Unit.  Additionally, she spent three years working as an HPD family violence unit investigator and  liaison with the Harris County District Attorney’s Family Criminal Law Division.  Sgt. Holbrook trains law enforcement and citizens on the subject of Family Violence and Stalking. She is a member of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and a certified TCOLE instructor and an instructor of SAFVIC (Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator Course).
   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.