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The Texas Council on Family Violence promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence.

Since 1978, the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) has been a nationally recognized leader in the efforts to end family violence through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men. TCFV is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation, with a membership comprised of family violence service providers, supportive organizations, survivors of domestic violence, businesses, communities of faith and other concerned citizens.  As a membership-focused organization, TCFV is firmly committed to serving its members, communities in Texas and thousands of victims of domestic violence and their families.

We host an array of dynamic signature conferences, summits, training events, webinars, and prevention efforts throughout the year to support the capacity building of member programs and enhance community responses to family violence throughout the state. TCFV also serves as the unified voice before the Texas legislature on behalf of family violence survivors and service providers to support laws that assist victims and survivors.

Our Work

TCFV’s three major focus areas are:

Support to Service Providers: TCFV educates and trains victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, health care providers, faith communities, businesses, advocacy organizations, service providers and allied professionals in communities throughout Texas and the nation. We host hundreds of local, statewide, and online trainings each year and answer thousands of technical assistance calls for family violence and battering intervention and prevention programs each year. We’re committed to supporting every program in Texas with the expertise and materials they need to keep survivors safe and hold batterers accountable.

Public Policy: The TCFV Public Policy Team strives to serve as a unified voice before the Texas Legislature on behalf of domestic violence victims by supporting the drafting and passage of laws that will assist victims and survivors.

Prevention: The TCFV Prevention Team engages in long-term social change work towards the creation of a safe and healthy Texas. TCFV supports the prevention efforts of prevention educators, young people, and allied organizations through technical assistance, consultations, training, and online resources and provides a larger framework for communities across the state to engage in violence prevention.

Allowing women, children, men and families to live secure and violence-free is at the core of our work.  TCFV supports this critical goal by offering these additional services:

  • Assisting and supporting Texas domestic violence shelters, battering intervention and prevention programs and other family violence service providers.
  • Providing prompt answers to thousands of technical assistance questions each year.
  • Maintaining an extensive domestic violence-related Resource Center.
  • Leading state and national public awareness efforts on the various domestic violence issues facing our country.

TCFV, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with an integrated funding base of federal, state, private and public support.

Board of Directors

Officers

Leigh Ann Fry, President and Chair
Jaime Esparza, El Paso, Chair-Elect
Frank Jackel, Treasurer, At-Large Director
Julia Spann, Secretary, Region 9

At-Large Members

Danielle Agee, Irving
Jeff Allar, Austin
Shirley Cox, Arlington
Janet Lawson, Austin
Laura Squiers, Lufkin
Crayton Webb, Dallas

Regional Directors

Jim Womack, Region 1
Carole Wayland, Region 2
Jim Malatich, Region 4
Shannon Trest, Region 5
Heather Kartye, Region 6
Sherri Kendall, Region 7
Frances Wilson, Region 8

Our Members

Family Violence Programs
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (Houston)
The Ark Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter (Brownwood)
Bastrop County Family Crisis Center (Bastrop)
Bay Area Turning Point (Houston)
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Pasadena)
Brighter Tomorrows (Grand Prairie)
Casa De Misericordia (Laredo)
Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (El Paso)
The Crisis Center (Odessa)
Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties (Jacksonville)
The Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties (Bay City)
Crisis Center of the Plains (Plainview)
Daya (Houston)
Denton County Friends of the Family, Inc. (Denton)
Domestic Violence Prevention (Texarkana)
East Texas Crisis Center (Tyler)
Eastland County Crisis Center, Inc. (Eastland)
Families in Crisis, Inc. (Killeen)
Family Abuse Center, Inc. (Waco)
Family Crisis Center of East Texas (Lufkin)
Family Crisis Center of the Rio Grande Valley (Harlingen)
The Family Place (Dallas)
Family Services of Southeast Texas (Beaumont)
Family Support Services (Amarillo)
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (San Antonio)
FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center (Humble)
Fannin County Family Crisis Center (Bonham)
First Step, Inc. (Wichita Falls)
Focusing Families (Hempstead)
Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Inc. (Richmond)
Freedom House (Weatherford)
Friendship of Women, Inc. (Brownsville)
Gateway Family Services (Snyder)
Genesis Women’s Shelter/Shelter Ministries of Dallas
Grayson County Crisis Center (Sherman)
Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter (Seguin)
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (San Marcos)
Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center (Marble Falls)
Hope Alliance (Round Rock)
Hope, Inc. (Mineral Wells)
Hope’s Door (Plano)
Houston Area Women’s Center (Houston)
Hutchinson County Crisis Center, Inc. (Borger)
Johnson County Family Crisis Center (Cleburne)
Mission Granbury, Inc. (Granbury)
Mujeres Unidas/Women Together (McAllen)
New Beginning Center (Garland)
NewBridge Family Shelter (San Angelo)
Noah Project, Inc. (Abilene)
Phoebe’s Home, Twin City Mission Domestic Violence Services Program (Bryan)
Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County (Galveston)
SAAFE House (Huntsville)
Safe Place of the Permian Basin (Midland)
Safe Place, Inc. (Dumas)
SafeHaven of Tarrant County (Arlington, Fort Worth)
SafePlace (Austin)
Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas (SAFE-T) (Mt. Pleasant)
Southwest Family Life Center (Hondo)
Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center (Decatur)
Women in Need, Inc. (Greenville)
Women’s Center of East Texas (Longview)
Women’s Protective Services (Lubbock)
Women’s Shelter of South Texas (Corpus Christi)

Supporting Family Violence Programs
Abigail’s Arms – Cooke County Family Crisis Center, Inc. (Gainesville)
Asian Family Support Services of Austin
Atascosa Family Crisis Center, Inc. (Pleasanton)
Cross Timbers Family Services (Stephenville)
Deaf Smith County Crisis Center (Hereford)
Dove Project (San Saba)
Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend (Alpine)
The Haven Family Shelter of McCulloch County, Inc. (Brady)
Kendall County Women’s Shelter (Boerne)
The Montrose Center (Houston)
Mosaic Family Services (Dallas)
One Safe Place (Fort Worth)
Salvation Army Family Violence Program (Dallas)
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc. (Plano)

Community Partners
All About Recovery 
Alternative at Emergence Health Network
Asians Against Domestic Abuse
Bexar County Family Justice Center
Behavioral Adjustment Counseling Center
Bexar County Family Justice Center
Brobst Facial Plastic Surgery
Comal County Criminal District Attorney
Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center
Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)
Family Care Connection
First Choice Social Services
Freedom From Fear Project
Harris County District Attorney’s Office
The Harbor Children’s Alliance & Victim Center
Jane’s Due Process, Inc.
Katy Christian Ministries
Mary Kay Inc.
New Horizon Women’s Center (Quad County Council)
Nueces County Attorney’s Office
Parkland Health & Hospital System, Victim Intervention Program/Rape Crisis
Path of Righteousness Ministries
P.E.A.C.E. Initiative
Pink Ring Club
Rio Grande Valely Empowerment Zone
South Texas Empowerment of Women Center (STEWC)
Tahirih Justice Center
Texas Advocacy Project
The Human Solution
Travis County Counseling & Education Services
Val Verde County Attorney’s Office
Your New Beginning

Our History

Formation of the Texas Council on Family Violence

The Texas Council on Family Violence was fortunate to begin its work very early as the movement to end violence against women moved into the United States. Deborah Tucker hosted the first meeting for TCFV in April of 1978 as the Executive Director of the Austin Center for Battered Women, which later merged with the Austin Rape Crisis Center and is now SAFE Alliance.

Prior to the formation meeting, several of the founding members of TCFV began to analyze the challenges for battered women and their children, many while responding to sexual violence. The Austin Rape Crisis Center, the first rape crisis center in Texas, opened in 1974, and immediately began to receive calls from sexual assault victims as well as from those caught in an abusive relationship. Victims would say things like, “Can you help me? I wasn’t raped by a stranger…I was beaten and raped by my husband.” As other communities in Texas organized to respond to sexual violence, they too began to recognize the existence and need for services for victims of domestic violence.

Representatives from nine Texas communities – Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco – resolved to form an organization that would provide a unified statewide presence. At first, the group chose the name Texas Commission on Family Violence and set out to incorporate at the Secretary of State’s Office. The application to incorporate was denied because it was not possible to be called a Commission unless the entity was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate! So TCFV named themselves the Council, not knowing that in most other states the name Coalition would be chosen for statewide efforts.

We sought to create opportunities for cooperation, coordination and collaboration with one another and with myriad organizations coming into contact with victims, offenders and their children as well as to improve laws and policies to hold offenders accountable and increase the safety of victims. Our original motto was Share What You Have, Ask for What You Need.

Toby Myers with the Houston Area Women’s Center was selected as the first Board Chair. As a formerly battered woman who was providing help to others, she embodied the combination of personal experience, formal education (doctorate) and professional services (counseling) that we knew would help articulate the mission and build the organization. Toby consistently brought passion, persistence and perspective to the Board.

The Beginning of Policy Advocacy for the Texas Council on Family Violence

From the very beginning, TCFV knew we would be approaching the Texas Legislature to ask for changes in laws as well as to create financial support from the State for prevention and intervention. Gwen Gordon of Waco was appointed the Coordinator Legislative Liaison.

In 1979, TCFV began work with Senator Chet Brooks of Houston/Galveston to establish a pilot funding program through the Texas Department of Human Services (TDHS). This program allowed for an appropriation of $200,000, which permitted the initial nine agencies to receive funding. In 1981, the following legislative session, Senator Brooks co-sponsored a bill with Representative Mary Polk of El Paso to establish the Family Violence Program in the TDHS, now part of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This bill aligned closely with the recommendations made by TCFV. It provided on-going funding for family violence services while establishing a precedent with the state coalition and the state agency of cooperative work. With leadership from Senator Brooks, Representative Polk and many others, The Texas Legislature increased the funding to $1,000,000 and made it possible to support more than 30 programs. All subsequent legislative sessions have continued to increase funding and the number of programs receiving state support.

TCFV was also visible in the Capitol in legislation establishing protective orders, even though we were initially unsuccessful at including a criminal sanction for their violation. In 1981 we pushed for criminal sanctions. After that session, violating a protective order carried the consequence of a Class A misdemeanor.

From that point forward, TCFV advocated policy improvements and found important allies to propose needed changes. Some of the leaders in the Texas movement have also become members of the Texas Legislature: Juan Hinojosa, now a Texas Senator from McAllen, helped to start Mujeres Unidas/Women Together, sponsored significant legislation for TCFV, advocated for funding for programs and later served on the Board of TCFV.

The Beginning of Technical Assistance and Training for TCFV

Simultaneously, TCFV emphasized its technical assistance and training to support advancement of the direct services to victims as well as the prevention of family violence. A three year challenge grant from the Levi Strauss Foundation made a staffed office possible beginning January 1, 1982. It was matched with donations from the Haas Foundation, The Trull Foundation, and dues from programs and members who believed in our mission. Eve McArthur and Debby Tucker, both from the Austin Center became the initial staff of TCFV.

We began responding to calls for technical assistance and day-to-day problem-solving. We toured every shelter and family violence program in the state over that first year and wrote manuals, such as A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Administering a Family Violence Shelter. When we wrote the legislation to fund local programs we also set aside 6% of whatever the Legislature appropriated for TDHS, and later HHSC, to administer the program. Another 6% was set aside to be used to provide technical assistance and training. TDHS contracted with TCFV to provide significant technical assistance and support to the local programs. With this approach of establishing special purpose set-asides, as funding grew for services, both the state government and the state coalition would also grow to further support the advancement of the work.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Beginning of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the passage of the Violence Against Women Act

From our experience in Texas, we knew how effective it was to establish designated funding for the state domestic violence coalition within the statute supporting funding for direct services. This led to our advocacy to include a similar set-aside for funding of state-level work at the federal level. When the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) was first passed in 1984 we included a set-aside of 2.5% of whatever Congress appropriated to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families to specifically fund state domestic violence coalitions divided equally among all states and territories. Before the creation of the set-aside funding for state coalitions in FVPSA, only half of the states had established an office to perform state-level work and coordination. By the time we came together to form the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), almost every state had an office for their state coalition.

In 1989 TCFV advocated for the establishment of the Battering Intervention and Prevention Project (BIPP) and secured the initial allocation of $400,000 to provide funding for 14 programs working with men committing violence against family and household members. This was one of the first, if not the very first, state funding of civilian programs for intervention with offenders. There were some remarkable people involved in this effort including Toby Myers who were directing the battering intervention program at Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. In addition, national organizations and stakeholders such as Men Stopping Violence, Emerge and Dr. Edward Gondolf advised TCFV in the development of the legislation and the program standards.

NNEDV led the effort to develop the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), initially passed in 1994, working closely with Vice President, then Senator, Joe Biden as well as House co-sponsor Senator, then Representative, Charles Schumer and Representative Patricia Schroeder to write the legislation. Representative Jack Brooks of Beaumont, Texas who chaired the Judiciary Committee in the House was crucial to the passage as well.

Founding of the National Domestic Violence Hotline

TCFV worked closely with Senator Edward Kennedy to draft legislation to provide federal funding for a national hotline. The original hotline operated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence closed when their funding ran out. TCFV stepped up to reestablish a hotline. One of the more exciting last minute developments in the passage of VAWA was the agreement to amend Senator’s Kennedy’s Hotline legislation onto VAWA and have it pass as well in 1994! In August 1995, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services, awarded a grant to TCFV to establish the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and in February 1996 the Hotline opened.

Today, after nearly 40 years, TCFV has made significant contributions to the movement to end violence against women in Texas, the United States and around the world.

Press

Texas Council on Family Violence strives to strengthen national and statewide communications efforts, public education, and awareness of domestic violence issues. We work collaboratively with a variety of media outlets in the development and distribution of important news releases, feature stories, story ideas and opinion/editorial (op/ed) pieces on domestic violence issues which are appropriate to statewide/national audiences.

TCFV Media Contact

Aaron Setliff
512-590-9808
asetliff@tcfv.org

Press Releases

    Honoring Texas Victims: 146 Women Killed in Texas in 2016

    For Immediate Release

    Honoring Texas Victims: 146 Women Killed in Texas in 2016 –– Collin, Dallas and Tarrant County have the Highest Number of Homicides in the State of Texas

    Plano, Texas – October 13, 2017 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows 146 women were killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  Fatalities occurred in 55 Texas counties.  24 family members and friends were also killed (this includes 13 children); 4 family members and friends were injured during the incidents.

    This represents the largest number of related victims since 2011.

    Every year more than 100 women are killed in domestic violence homicides in Texas.   This year’s numbers are a reduction from the deaths in 2015 when the Texas Council reported the highest number of deaths in Texas since the Council began releasing its’ report.

    But, this year’s report shows Collin County doubled the number of homicides from last year from 3 to 6 and Collin, Dallas and Tarrant Counties in North Texas are three of the top five counties with the highest number of homicides in the state.  Bexar County in San Antonio is also in the top five.  Harris County in Houston continues to have the highest number of domestic violence homicides in the state of Texas.

    Intimate partner homicides end the lives of women who have roles as loving mothers, caring family members, and engaged community members. The women whose deaths are detailed here represent lives that left indelible marks on those around them. Many of them are remembered for the strong bonds they formed in their families and with their friends and for offering those around them kindness, compassion, encouragement

    and smiles that brightened rooms. Family members often described these women as the glue that held people together’ and ‘willing to do anything for anyone’. They took pride in their roles as mothers and in the work that they did as students and in their careers. TCFV joins their families, friends and communities in mourning their loss.

    146 women were killed in Texas in 2016.

    158 women were killed in Texas in 2015, the deadliest year for women in Texas.   

    132 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2014.  119 women were killed in 2013.  114 women were killed in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  

    Other Key Stats from the report:

    • Counties with the most fatalities are: Harris (28), Dallas (13), Tarrant (13), Bexar (11), Collin (6)
    • Tarrant, Bexar, Collin each experienced increases from 2015; Harris is down from 34, and Dallas remains the same as last year.
    • 33% of women killed in 2016 had ended the relationship or were in the process of leaving when they were murdered.
    • 68% of perpetrators used a firearm to murder their female partner.
    • 77% of perpetrators killed their partners in a home.
    • Women between the ages of 20-39 represent over half of the total number of victims
    • Youngest Victim: 15
    • Oldest Victim: 92

    In 2016, Hope’s Door helped victims of domestic violence and their children by:

    Last year we answered 5011 calls to our hotline, provided up to 90 days of emergency shelter for 758 individuals, placed 26 families in community supported housing, and continued outreach services, including counseling, parenting skills, and financial education for 1,807 adults and children.

    Jim Malatich, Chief Executive Officer of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center in Plano and TCFV Board member joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry to unveil the annual report titled: Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities.”

    “146 innocent lives were lost and families were forever changed in senseless domestic violence murders in Texas.  6 lives were lost in Collin County. While, the recent horrific mass killing in Plano is not reflected in this report.  The homicides will be in next year’s report, we are immensely saddened by the tragic loss of life and we remember the families of those who lost loved ones and we especially want to remember the 146 families who lost a loved one this year.   When a tragic loss like this happens, it reminds all of us, how dangerous domestic violence can be to a family and a community and how much more work there is to be accomplished to ensure victims find help and safety before it’s too late,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities recognizes all Texas family violence victims lost in this tragic crime. “

    The release of the 2016 Honoring Victims Report coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is in October.  Domestic violence all too often ends with tragic results.  

    “During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we focus on three important elements of ending violence – supporting survivors, holding abusers accountable and perhaps, most important, preventing the violence before it begins by challenging the underlying attitudes and beliefs that feed violent behavior.  We are proud to partner with other agencies and organizations locally and across the state that share our commitment to ending violence on all three fronts. Together we strive to make violence a part of our past and we redouble our efforts given the recent mass murder to learn lessons, educate the public and try to prevent domestic violence fatalities in the future,” said Jim Malatich, Chief Executive Officer of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center in Plano and TCFV Board member.

    The report released by the Texas Council on Family Violence and compiled from data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas law enforcement agencies and media reports list names of the victims and gives brief accounts of their deaths.

    List of Women Killed in Collin County:

    Karen Bigham, 49 McKinney

    06/20/16

    Kelley Bigham, 50, shot and killed his wife Karen in her home office. Bigham then shot and killed Karen’s twin sister, Kathy Boobar, 50. Karen had separated from Bigham six months prior to the murder and filed for divorce. A few days before Bigham killed Karen, he came to her home and threatened her with a gun. The day of the murder, Karen asked her daughter and sister to be at the home with her while Bigham picked up some of his belongings. Bigham threatened their daughter with a gun and told her to leave the house with her son. As she fled, she called the police. Authorities arrested Bigham in a nearby county and charged him with capital murder; he received a sentence of life in prison. Karen is survived by her adult son and two adult daughters.

    Kayley Winburn, 20 McKinney

    10/30/16

    Jordan Sullivan, 21, shot and killed his wife Kayley in their home. Authorities arrested Sullivan and charged him with murder. The couple had married a few months prior to the murder. Sullivan is awaiting trial for murder.

    Karen Ann Rolston, 33 Melissa

    08/09/16

    John Gaynor, 41, shot and killed his girlfriend Karen in their home. Gaynor then shot and killed himself. Officers discovered their bodies when they responded to a welfare check.

    Noshin Chambers, 41 Plano

    03/17/16

    Gardner Chambers, 45, shot his wife Noshin in their home. Chambers then shot and killed himself. Noshin’s children were in the home at the time of the murder; her 17-year-old son called police while the younger children fled to a neighbor’s home to get help. Emergency responders transported Noshin to a hospital where she later died. Noshin had feared for her safety and had filed for divorce prior to her death. The couple had a pending court hearing the week of the murder. Noshin is survived by two sons and one daughter.

    Jennifer Spears, 43 Plano

    05/29/16

    Kenneth Amyx, 45, stabbed and killed his girlfriend Jennifer in her apartment. Amyx posted photos of Jennifer’s body on social media. After calling his father to admit to committing the crime, Amyx attempted to kill himself. Police found Amyx with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities arrested Amyx and charged him with murder. Amyx confessed to killing Jennifer and received a sentence of life in prison.

    Jessie Bardwell, 27 Richardson 

    05/09/16

    Jason Lowe, 27, assaulted and killed his girlfriend Jessie in their home. He then buried her body in Farmersville. After not hearing from Jessie for more than two weeks, Jessie’s family drove to Texas to file a missing person report. Law enforcement conducted two welfare checks and began an investigation into her disappearance. Officers arrested Lowe on a drug possession charge and while searching his property found evidence of Jessie’s murder. Authorities charged him with murder. Officers located Jessie’s body ten days after Lowe’s arrest. Lowe has a history of family violence. A jury convicted Lowe of Jessie's murder in September 2017 and a judge approved an agreed-upon sentence of 50 years in prison.

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    The mission of Hope's Door New Beginning Center (HDNBC) is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by intimate partner and family violence and to provide education programs that enhance the community's capacity to respond. HDNBC serves individuals from all over North Texas.  HDNBC's services include individual counseling (for both adults and children), support group therapy, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing (formally transitional housing), legal advocacy, community education, and battering prevention programs. For more information, visit www.hdnbc.org , www.facebook.com/hopesdoor , www.twitter.com/hopesdoorinc , or www.instagram.com/hopesdoor.

    Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/

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    TCFV Names Members to the Board of Directors

    For Immediate Release

    Austin, Texas – July  11, 2017– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) names two new at- large board members:  Shirley Cox, Senior Vice President for Frost Bank and Danielle Agee, General Counsel – South Central Market, Verizon Wireless.

    “The Texas Council on Family Violence takes great care and diligence in identifying key leaders in Texas to strengthen our collective responsive and prevention of domestic violence,” said Gloria Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “We are thrilled to have two experienced leaders from the business sector  join us on the board to bring their experience and passion to help victims of domestic violence and lead our strategic decision in Texas.”

    Board Members:

    Shirly Cox is the Senior Vice President and North Texas/Houston Sales Manager for the public finance team for the Dallas, Fort Worth, Permian Basin and Houston regions for Frost Bank has been elected as an at-large member to the Texas Council on Family Violence Board of Directors.  Shirly has more than 25 years of banking experience, Shirley and her team work with non-profits and public entities to provide depository, lending and treasury services to our clients.  Her banking career began in 1988 at a national bank prior to joining Overton Bankshares now a part of Frost National Bank in 1993.  She served in a variety of positions on the commercial lending side and immediately prior to her current role served as Market President and Sales Manager for the Arlington/Mansfield area for 11 years.

    Shirley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Finance major from Texas A&M University.  Community service has been an important part of her life. She currently serves as a member of the University of Texas at Arlington, College of Business Administration Advisory Council and is on the facilities committee at the YMCA of Arlington.  Her past involvement consisted of the following: board member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, board member of the YMCA of Arlington, chair of the board of directors of the Prevent Blindness Texas-Fort Worth chapter, chair of the board for The Women's Shelter, president of the South Arlington Rotary Club and was a Junior Achievement volunteer.  She is a past member of the Arlington South Rotary Club, and also an honorary initiate into Delta Delta Delta Fraternity.  In 2013, Shirley was one of the honorees of the SafeHaven’s Legacy of Women Luncheon.

    Danielle Agee is the General Counsel for Verizon- At Large Board Member for the Texas Council on Family Violence

    Agree is the General Counsel for the twelve-state South Central Market including Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, southwestern Alabama, northwestern Florida, southern Nevada, western Tennessee, and southern Utah. 

    In this role, she provides legal guidance to the Market President, the Vice President-Retail Sales and wireless field operations teams on various matters including wireless siting, dispute resolution, sales and marketing practices, and customer relations.  She also works closely with the Government Affairs and Regulatory teams in advancing public policy strategies for the Market.  She has held several positions in the legal department during her 17-year tenure at Verizon.

    Danielle earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.  She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Within Verizon, Danielle serves on the Legal Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is the Executive Sponsor for the local CITE chapter, Verizon’s employee resource group for African-American employees. In the community, Danielle is part of the leadership advisory group for the University of Dallas’ Women in Business initiative, and is an active member of her church.  Danielle lives in Frisco, TX with her husband and two children.

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    Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/

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    Texas Council on Family Violence Honors Four Outstanding Texas Leaders and Fathers for Father's Day

    For Immediate Release

     

    Austin, Texas – June 16, 2016– This Father’s Day, The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) celebrates fathers who devote their lives to building safer communities for their kids and by doing so, impact future generations to come.  These dads lead by example, inspiring us all to envision a Texas free of violence – and strive tirelessly to accomplish this goal.  They are remarkable leaders in their professional lives, and remarkable fathers at home.

    “Father's Day is a very important day in the lives of children here in Texas and across the world.  It is a day of celebration to recognize the dedication and unconditional love fathers give to raise their children and help them become confident adults,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life.  He’s a pillar of strength and support and he leads by example. We thank these wonderful dads and Texas leaders this Father’s Day.”

    Thank you to these dads and happy Father's Day!

    This Father’s Day TCFV recognizes:

    • Representative Abel Herrero, Robstown, TX
    • Coach Josh Ragsdale, South Garland High School, Garland, TX
    • Judge Tano Tijerina, County Judge of Webb County, Laredo, TX
    • Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston, TX

     

    Representative Abel Herrero has dedicated his career to serving the Robstown-area for more than 17 years, first as city council member, and then as state representative.  As chair of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Rep. Herrero has been an energetic ally in promoting laws that help domestic violence survivors. Last session, he successfully stewarded a law to allow juries to hear more information about an abuser’s past violence – a transformational improvement for victims seeking justice. “As these survivors take brave steps towards breaking the cycle of violence, I am proud to have played even a small part in providing a hopeful path forward,” said Rep. Herrero.

    Representative Herrero is a father to five: Annalisa - 17, Andrea - 12, Abel Jr. -10, Alexia - 8, and Aliana - 6. “Cherish every moment with your children because time will not stand still, but most of all, because they are your greatest blessings."

     

    Coach Josh Ragsdale, South Garland High School, Garland, TX- On Coach Ragsdale’s team, respect for women is the standard. Every student on his football team pledges to help stop domestic violence. It’s part of Coach Ragsdale’s Domestic Violence Awareness Project, an effort he has lead for the last three years. The project has been a major success, spurring universities to create programs to teach about dating and sexual violence and encourage their own teams to “take the pledge.” More recently, Coach Ragsdale has joined TCFV’s Coaches' Leadership Crew to help expand teen dating violence programs to more sports programs.

    Coach Ragsdale is a father of three: Natalie – 12, Valerie – 12 and Ryan – 1. His parenting philosophy? “Don’t be afraid to use the words ‘I love you.’ I regularly tell my wife how much I love her in front of my children and hug and kiss on her. I want them to see me treat her like the queen that she deserves to be treated like. In turn, I want my girls to expect to be treated the same way and be respected for the wonderful ladies that they are. I also want my son to ‘want to be like daddy.’  I want him to grow up with a servant’s heart and a man who fully respects women.”

     

    For Judge Tano Tijerina, service to his community is a family value. The Webb County native and former professional baseball player comes from a family of civil servants. Perhaps that history contributed to his desire to go above and beyond the job of judge to become a moral leader in his community. Last year, Judge Tijerina launched the Be A Man and Stand Up Campaign, calling on Texas men to be active participants in the movement to end violence against women in Texas.

    Judge Tijerina is a father of four: Bonnie Jean - 19, Cayetano Isaac - 16, Christopher Alfonso - 11, and Keith Alexander - 11. When it comes to parenting, he says: “Allow your kids to be their own persona with guidance and love, and the rest is just details.”

     

    Mayor Sylvester Turner has consistently and enthusiastically raised the profile of domestic violence services in Houston during his tenure as Mayor. He has also been an active leader in promoting Texas values of respect for diversity and tolerance. Prior to his work as mayor, he spent 27 years representing Houstonians in the Texas House, where he served on the budget committee and helped secure full funding for family violence programs.

    Mayor Turner is a proud father to daughter Ashley. Ashley is continuing the family tradition of public service in the healthcare field. Some of the best advice he has received? “When times were rough, [my mother] told us that tomorrow would be better than today. Today, it is evident that what my mom said is very true.”

     

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    Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/

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    Texas Council on Family Violence Celebrates and Honors Five Fabulous  Women Leaders from Across Texas This Mother’s Day

    Austin, TX (May 9, 2017)-This Mother’s Day the Texas Council on Family Violence is celebrating all the wonderful Texas moms who are making a difference in the lives of Texans.

    TCFV praises the leadership of women who have made it their life’s work to empower other women. These women created remarkable services and policies, and challenge conditions that permit domestic violence to occur. These extraordinary women are also exceptional mothers. Thank you for making the world a better place.

    “We are here today to honor all the mothers in Texas. The mother’s we have lost, the mothers who are here and the grandmothers who are now raising their grandchildren or never got to meet their grandchild because their mom was taken away in violent act of murder.  We are here, because we believe lives will be saved and we want to help people recognize the signs of domestic violence and empower them to help friends and co-workers who are in abusive relationships before it is too late,” said Gloria Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

    Annette Burrhus-Clay, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault - Austin, TX

    Annette Burrhus-Clay has given selflessly of her time, talents and treasures to ameliorate violence against women. Her commitment is evidenced by her remarkable 21-year tenure at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Annette is a fierce activist to the core, and her work influences state and national practice and policy. While her heart belongs to her four adult children, the center of her universe are her six grandchildren: Brayden, Anaya, Beau, Camille, Ami and two-week-old Norah.

    “Kids taught me that I’m more capable than I thought and had a greater capacity for love than I imagined. Grandkids have taught me to let go of the unimportant things that keep us distracted or angry.”

    Connie Gray, Focusing Families – Hempstead, TX

    Connie Gray wears many hats at Focusing Families – children’s counselor, prevention director, and even mom! Connie’s adult daughter, Nicole, works alongside her at the agency, inspired by her mom’s passion. Together, they work in schools to change the culture and equip young people with the tools they need to empower themselves and build connections within their communities.

    Connie is a steadfast advocate for young people. As a mom of three, her kids inspire her as much as she’s inspired them. “They taught me to believe the impossible and dream big.”

    Rosa Hopkins, Women’s Center of East Texas – Longview, TX

    Rosa Hopkins is the BIPP Coordinator at the Women’s Center of East Texas, where she works to hold batterers accountable and teach them the fundamentals of leading healthy, nonviolent relationships. She started working with offenders as an independent BIPP counselor because she saw the need in her community.

    Rosa is well-respected in the community as a gifted and committed facilitator. Working with offenders isn’t always easy, but Rosa is driven by her compassion. Her own background – she is a survivor of domestic violence now happily married and the mother of two sons - fuels her empathy and ability to build connections in her work. “They’re human beings – I’m here to be an example of what kindness looks like, what human compassionate looks like.”

    Toni Johnson-Simpson, Denton County Friends of the Family – Denton, TX

    Toni Johnson-Simpson’s journey towards executive leader of the Denton County Friends of the Family started as an altruistic 21-year-old college student. Her passion has never flagged since. Toni expects more from her community in regard to victim compassion, batterer accountability and access to services because she knows that all children deserve it. And while her professional accomplishments are impressive, her personal ones monumental. Toni is a mom to three: daughter Ebonie and twins Justin and Jaydah. Toni credits her children for teaching her to love and to take time to enjoy life. When things get difficult she embraces wise words from Jaydah: “I’m going to celebrate how much I DID get done because I am still fabulous.” Yes, Toni – you are.

    Rosie Martinez- Victims Unit Director at Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s office

    Rosie Martinez has dedicated her career of over 16 years to victim services and currently serves as the Victims Unit Director at Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s office. Victims’ services has been more than a career for Rosie; she calls it her “passion and lifetime mission,” and it shows in her leadership throughout the community. Rosie volunteers on the Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force, Rio Grande Valley Human Trafficking Coalition, Child Fatality Review Team, Citizen’s Review Team of DFPS, and the Hidalgo County Truancy Policy Committee.   A mom to five and grandmother of three, Rosie says her kids drive her work. “The sense of accomplishment that comes from hearing your children tell you that you are their inspiration, their role model, that they are proud of you and that they want to be like you is the best feeling in life.”

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    Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/

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    Texas Council on Family Violence Names Members to the Board of Directors

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    THE TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE NAMES MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

    Austin, Texas – February 28, 2017– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) names board members: Sherri Kendall, CEO of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) in Houston; Jim Malatich, CEO of a recent merger of two domestic violence programs Hope’s Door in Collin County and New Beginning in Garland; Jeff Allar, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for the VGL Group; Laura L. Squiers, Deputy Executive Director is the Deputy Executive Director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.   Several Board Members were also reappointed to serve a second three-year term beginning January 2017:  Jamie Esparza, District Attorney, El Paso; Dr. Janet Denise Lawson of Austin, former medical consultant for the Texas Department of State Health Services and Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

    “The Texas Council on Family Violence takes great care and diligence in identifying key leaders in Texas to strengthen our collective responsive and prevention of domestic violence,” said Gloria Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “It is imperative to have experienced, critical thinkers who understand the needs of survivors and the systems that support them, while simultaneously elevating TCFV’s acumen and credibility.”

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    Statement on Recent ICE Activities Regarding Family Victims in El Paso

    The Texas Council on Family Violence, the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence and the below-listed El Paso area elected officials stand together in recognizing that:

    • Texas family violence centers served over 72,000 victims last year alone.
    • 158 women were killed by their male intimate partner in 2015. 
    • 39% of all who sought services were turned away due to lack of space and resources. 

    Realizing these needs and the DEADLY reality of family violence, we join together to call on all policy makers in El Paso and Texas overall to hold tight to three fundamental core values for family violence victims:

    • Victims of family violence have the right to protection using the civil and criminal justice system.
    • ALL family violence victims and the communities in which they live deserve safety from harm.  This makes our communities safer.
    • Vital to this safety, family violence victims must have unfettered access to law enforcement and the courthouse.

    Gloria Terry, TCFV
    Stephanie Karr, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence
    Jo Anne Bernal, El Paso County Attorney
    Jaime Esparza, 34th Judicial District Attorney, TCFV Board Member
    Congressman Beto O’Rourke
    Senator Jose Rodriguez
    County Judge Veronica Escobar
    Representative Joe Pickett
    Representative Joe Moody
    Representative Mary Gonzalez
    Representative Cesar Blanco
    Representative Evelina Ortega

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    Young Hearts Matter Day of Action!

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    Young Hearts Matter Day of Action!

    February 1, 2017

    Texas Capitol - South Steps
    1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
    2:00 PM

    Young activists from across the state are invited to join the Texas Advocacy Project and TCFV’s Young Hearts Matter Leadership Board on the south steps of the Capitol for a press conference kicking off National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month followed by an invitation to visit their legislators.

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    Spotlight on a Young Leader

    "I wasn't a typical high school," says Jimmy James, a quiet young man whose life changed by joining Houston Police Department's Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC).

    "When I met Jimmy, he couldn't open his mouth. Now he won't shut it!" jokes his mentor Rhonda Collins Byrd.

    Recognizing that teens are overlooked, the chief of police convened YPAC where participants conduct service projects, facilitate Teen Court, and train peers and adults on dating violence and suicide prevention. The program has increased understanding and dialogue between HPD and area youth.

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    TCFV Honors Five Outstanding Texas Leaders and Fathers for Father’s Day

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    MEDIA CONTACT: ANGELA HALE, 512.289.2995, angela@redmediagroup.com

    THE TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE HONORS FIVE OUTSTANDING TEXAS LEADERS AND FATHERS FOR FATHER’S DAY

    Austin, Texas – June 16, 2016– This Father’s Day, The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) celebrates fathers who devote their lives to building safer communities for their kids and by doing so, impact future generations to come.  These dads lead by example, inspiring us all to envision a Texas free of violence – and strive tirelessly to accomplish this goal.  They are remarkable leaders in their professional lives, and remarkable fathers at home.

    “Father's Day is a very important day in the lives of children here in Texas and across the world.  It is a day of celebration to recognize the dedication and unconditional love fathers give to raise their children and help them become confident adults,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life.  He’s a pillar of strength and support and he leads by example. We thank these wonderful dads and Texas leaders this Father’s Day.”

    This Father’s Day TCFV recognizes:

    • Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen
    • Judge Roberto Cañas, Dallas County Criminal Court #10
    • J. Staley Heatly, District Attorney of the 46th Judicial District Wilbarger, Hardeman and Foard counties
    • David Scott, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration, University of Texas at Tyler
    • Coach Joe Frank MartinezHead Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator at Travis High School

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    TCFV Honors Four Mothers who Empower Women

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    MEDIA CONTACT: ANGELA HALE, 512.289.2995, angela@redmediagroup.com

    THE TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE HONORS FOUR MOTHERS WHO EMPOWER WOMEN

    Austin, Texas – May 7, 2016–On Mother’s Day, TCFV acknowledges the leadership of women who have made it their life’s work to empower other women. These women create remarkable services and policies and challenge conditions that permit domestic violence to occur. These extraordinary women are also exceptional mothers. Thank you for making the world a better place.

    This Mother's Day TCFV recognizes:

    • Jennifer King, Region 3 Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    • Maricarmen Garza, Victim Rights Group Coordinator & Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
    • State Senator Jane Nelson
    • Marta Pelaez, CEO, Family Violence Prevention Services

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    A Grayson County Mother Who Lost Her Daughter and Unborn Granddaughter to Domestic Violence Speaks Out this Mother’s Day

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    MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Risdon, 214-226-6741, susan@redmediagroup.com

    A Grayson County Mother Who Lost Her Daughter and Unborn Granddaughter to Domestic Violence Speaks Out this Mother’s Day

    Texas Council on Family Violence, Grayson Crisis Center, Grayson County District Attorney, Denison Police Chief & a Mother of a Domestic Violence Victim Team Up to Raise Awareness in the Wake of Recent Domestic Violence Murders- Including a Multiple Domestic Violence Homicide Where the Husband Killed his Wife and the Entire Family

    Sherman, TX (May 3, 2016)-This Mother’s Day the Texas Council on Family Violence is partnering with the Grayson Crisis Center, law enforcement, the Grayson County District Attorney and city leaders to raise awareness about domestic violence and remember all of the mothers out there who were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and who are not with us to celebrate Mother’s Day.

    “We are here today to honor all the mothers in Texas.  The mothers we have lost, the mothers who are here and the grandmothers who are now raising their grandchildren or never got to meet their grandchild because their mom was taken away in violent act of murder.  We are here, because we believe lives will be saved and we want to help people recognize the signs of domestic violence and empower them to help friends and co-workers who are in abusive relationships before it is too late,” said Gloria Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

    Tara Woodlee lost her daughter Ashleigh Lindsey of Denison and her unborn grandchild to domestic violence.  They were murdered by her ex-boyfriend despite the fact that she moved multiple times and was attempting to come to the Grayson Crisis Center for help days before she was killed.

    “I will never forget my daughter's beautiful face, it was forever ruined.  Her face was distorted from the massive swelling, her eyes black and blue.  Speckles of blood spot like blisters all over her face.  Ashleigh's right hand was so burnt from trying to block the last shot that it was burned clear down to her elbow.  The nurses had to brown bag that hand for evidence.  At one point she went Code Blue, and I had to make the painful decision to have her revived.  Her dad was with me in the room as they brought Ashleigh back.  I made that choice hoping our little Patience could survive.  We waited, and then the doctors came in and said, Ashleigh would never recover and there was nothing they could do to save her.  We also waited for an OB/GYN Specialist hoping our precious Ashleigh could be kept on machines long enough to give our unborn granddaughter, Patience Lynn a chance at life.  The sonogram revealed her tiny baby heart was failing.  Once I knew Patience was truly gone, I was left alone with my daughter,” said Tara Woodlee. http://www.ashleighspatienceproject.com/index.html

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    Texas Council on Family Violence Kicks Off Campaign Called “Young Hearts Matter” to Raise Awareness During National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month in February

    TCFV Honors the 2016 Young Hearts Matter Advocate of the Year Manor Girls Athletic Coordinator Coach Jennifer Pillich 

    Austin, TX (February 16, 2016) – Today, Young Hearts Matter, a campaign to bring awareness to teen dating abuse, recognized key leaders across Texas during February, Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.  Teen dating abuse happens in every school across Texas and the United States.

    Events and programs to raise awareness allow students to come forward and get advice and help before a situation escalates to violent behavior.  In today’s environment, technology like social media and texting, can make it easy for teens and young adults to communicate, but it can also make it easy for a dating partner to use technology to harass, control and abuse their boyfriend or girlfriend.  The Texas Council on Family Violence is working to make sure students are engaged, educated and empowered to know their rights and know when they are involved in healthy and unhealthy dating relationships.

    “Our work forces us to witness the outcomes of unhealthy, unsafe relationships.  Texas lost 132 women to domestic violence last year, 5 were 19 or younger,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “We raise awareness during the month of February, not just for the 5 young women who were murdered, but but for the countless other young hearts who are entering, enjoying, and exploring romantic relationships.  We recognize key influencers that profoundly shape, guide and empower young Texans.  Coach Jennifer Pillich embodies the powerful connection to youth that builds confidence and support.”

    TCFV honored Coach Jennifer Pillich, Girls Athletic Coordinator, Manor ISD, Manor, Texas as Young Hearts Matter Advocate of the Year at the kick-off event for SafePlace in Austin.   This award recognizes an adult ally who partners with young people, is a leader for violence prevention in their community and has made prevention programming more accessible as a result of her efforts.

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    2016 YHM Award Nominees

    YHM_Logo_630x425The YHM Activist of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and Texas Partner for Change awards recognize individuals who inspire and lead their communities to promote healthy relationships for young hearts in Texas.

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    Texas Leaders Celebrate 25 Years of Directing the Work of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Movements

    Austin, TX – Each year, the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) convene leaders from the domestic and sexual violence movements in Texas at the Annual Executive Directors’ Conference: Directing the Work.  This year marks the Silver Anniversary of this important gathering and, while not all of the attendees are the same, the legacy and impact of the work over the last quarter of a century will very much be present.

    “The Texas Council on Family Violence and our member organizations have gathered together for 25 years at an annual conference and diligently work to share strategies to reduce domestic violence in Texas.   While, we have made progress, domestic violence is still a deadly problem.   In 2014, over 84,000 Texas women and children sought shelter, counseling or housing services because their home was unsafe and filled with fear.  39% of requests for services went unmet because of lack of resources to meet their needs.  And most profoundly, 132 Texas women, ranging in age from 16 to 90, were killed by a male intimate partner.  We look forward bringing together domestic violence and sexual assault leaders to search for solutions to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in Texas, “said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

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    The Public Policy Committee

    Capitol_IconFor the 85th Legislative Session Public Policy Committee, TCFV calls on advocates, allies, colleagues and any who wants to affect legislative policy on family violence to complete an Interest Form.

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    Honoring Texas Victims Report

    The full Honoring Texas Victims Report for 2014 is now available.

    We pay tribute to the Texas women who lost their lives by memorializing their story with an account of their death. The full report offers analysis of data drawn from these stories. Our goal is to help communities identify and analyze distinguishing characteristics of these cases and creates a safer Texas for all women.

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    The San Antonio Battered Women and Children’s Shelter Kicks Off a Holiday Giving Campaign

    The San Antonio Battered Women and Children’s Shelter Kicks Off a Holiday Giving Campaign-- the Same Way Black Friday and Cyber Monday Kicked-Off the Holiday Shopping Season -- But Contributing to this Cause Can Help Save a Life and Help Victims of Domestic Violence in San Antonio

     A New Study Shows Bexar County has one of the Highest Numbers of Domestic Violence Homicides in the State of Texas  

     San Antonio, Texas – December 2, 2015 – The holidays are often thought of as the best time of the year.  It is a time for loved ones, celebration, and joy.  The holiday season can also be a time of excess.  Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Shop till you drop and a spending frenzy.  The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today joined the San Antonio Battered Women and Children’s Shelter, the San Antonio Police Chief and other local leaders to urge San Antonians to donate a small portion of their holiday spending dollars to help women and children who are not safe in their own homes this holiday season.

    A new report released by the Texas Council on Family Violence shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  132 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2014.  119 women were killed in 2013.  114 women were killed in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  Bexar County had 5 domestic violence homicides in this report with 5 murders.  In 2013, there were 7 domestic violence murders in San Antonio.  Harris County had the highest number of deaths with 23 domestic violence murders, followed by Tarrant and Dallas with 10 domestic violence homicides in each city, followed by El Paso and San Antonio with 5 murders in each city.

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    Honoring Texas Victims: 132 Women Killed in Texas in 2014 El Paso County is One of the Top Five Counties with the Highest Number of Domestic Violence Homicides in the State with 5 Murders

    New Report Released During Domestic Violence Awareness Month Shows Increase in the Number of Women Killed in Texas and an Increase in El Paso  

    El Paso, Texas – October 5, 2015 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  132 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2014.  119 women were killed in 2013.  114 women were killed in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  El Paso County also had an increase in the number of domestic violence homicides in this report with 5 murders.  In 2013, there were 3 domestic violence murders in El Paso.  Harris County had the highest number of deaths with 23 domestic violence murders, followed by Tarrant and Dallas with 10 domestic violence homicides in each city, followed by El Paso and San Antonio with 5 murders in each city.

    In El Paso, Christina Bukovcik was murdered in her home by her husband Geomel Shaffa, Maria Duarte was stabbed and killed by her husband in their home, Laura Lara was assaulted by her boyfriend in his home and died at the hospital three days later, Maria Elena Sernas was shot and killed by her ex-husband Jorge Rojero in his home when she went back to retrieve some of her things and Jacqueline Valenzuela was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend Carlos Torres.  Her 8-year-old son was present at the time of the murder.

    Stephanie Karr, Executive Director of the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza and City Representative Emma Acosta, District 3 joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry at a news conference in El Paso to unveil the annual report titled:  “Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities.”

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    New Report Released During Domestic Violence Awareness Month Shows Increase in the Number of Women Killed in Texas - Houston

    Honoring Texas Victims: 132 Women Killed in Texas in 2014 – Harris County Has the Highest Number of Domestic Violence Homicides in the State at 23 -

    4 Murders in Brazoria County, 2 in Ft. Bend, Galveston and Montgomery and 1 in Wharton County Bringing the Total to 34 Domestic Violence Homicides in the Greater Houston Area

    Houston, Texas – October 16, 2015 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  132 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2014.  119 women were killed in 2013.  114 women were killed in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.   Harris County had the highest number of deaths in the state with 23 domestic violence murders, followed by Tarrant and Dallas with 10 domestic violence homicides in each city, followed by El Paso and San Antonio with 5 murders in each city. In addition, there were 4 murders in Brazoria County, 2 murders each in Ft. Bend, Galveston and Montgomery Counties and one domestic violence homicide in Wharton County in the greater surrounding Houston area.

    Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr., Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, Deborah Mosley, Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Pasadena and TCFV Board member, Rebecca White, CEO at the Houston Area Women’s Center and Barbie Brasher, Executive Director, Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry at a news conference in Houston to unveil the annual report titled:  Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities.”

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    Texas Council on Family Violence Salutes Travis County District Court Judge Mike Denton for Receiving a National Honor for Protecting Children in Domestic Violence Court

    The Foundation for the Improvement of Justice honors Denton with the national Paul H. Chapman Award in Atlanta

     Austin, Texas - September 28, 2015 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today joined the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia in saluting Travis County District Court Judge Mike Denton.  He received a top national award for protecting victims of domestic violence Saturday night.  TCFV nominated Judge Denton for this award.

    The foundation has selected Denton as the Paul H. Chapman Award Winner for his work advocating and overseeing the first Travis County Domestic Violence Court.  He has been the sole judge to preside over that court since its establishment in 1999.  Initially, the court handled civil protective order hearings and criminal misdemeanor cases, but added felony criminal cases five years ago.  He has been recognized by local, state, and national levels and shares his expertise and knowledge through conferences to judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, state legislators, advocates and survivors.

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    New Report Released During Domestic Violence Awareness Month Shows Increase in the Number of Women Killed in Texas

    Honoring Texas Victims: 132 Women Killed in Texas in 2014 - 25 of the Victims are from North Texas; Tarrant & Dallas Counties have the Second Highest Murder Rate in the State with 10 Domestic Violence Homicides in Each County, One Murder Each in Collin, Johnson & Kaufman Counties; Two Murders in Denton County

    Ft. Worth, Texas – October 15, 2015 - The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new report that shows an increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence murders in Texas by their husband, ex-husband, intimate partner, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.  132 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2014.  119 women were killed in 2013.  114 women were killed in 2012.  102 women were killed in 2011.  Tarrant County had a slight decrease in the number of domestic violence homicides in this report with 10 murders.  In 2013, there were 11 domestic violence murders in Tarrant County.  Dallas County had a more significant decrease in murders- down to 10 from 20 murders in the last report.  Harris County had the highest number of deaths in the state with 23 domestic violence murders, followed by Tarrant and Dallas with 10 domestic violence homicides in each city, followed by El Paso and San Antonio with 5 murders in each city.

    Kathyrn R. Jacob, President & CEO of SafeHaven, Ken Shetter, Executive Director of the Safe City Commission and Ft. Worth Police, joined Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry at a news conference in Ft. Worth to unveil the annual report titled:  Honoring Texas Victims: Family Violence Fatalities.”

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    2016 Young Hearts Matter Award Nominations Open

    YHM_Logo_630x425TCFV is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Young Hearts Matter awards. The YHM Activist of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and Texas Partner for Change awards recognize individuals who inspire and lead their communities to promote healthy relationships for young hearts in Texas.

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    2016 ED Conference Announcement

    FY16_ED_Conference_LogoJanuary 11-12, 2016 Courtyard & Residence Inn Marriott 300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

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    Man Up For DVAM Video Contest

    ManUpStill In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), TCFV is now accepting entries for Man Up for DVAM Video Contest. Man Up for DVAM calls for you to submit a creative video showcasing how men and boys are involved in your community and create your own impactful messages surrounding the term “Man Up.”

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    The Texas Council on Family Violence Praises Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Joe Straus and the Texas Legislature for Adding the Most Significant Amount of Money to Protect Domestic Violence Victims in the Last Decade

    Austin, Texas – June 22, 2015– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today praises Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the 84th Texas Legislature for their overwhelming support of victims of domestic violence in Texas.  They dramatically increased funding dedicated to domestic violence, the most significant increase in the last decade, to address the fact that Texas leads the nation in the number of people served by programs and those seeking services that are turned away due to lack of resources.

    $8 Million Dollar Increase For Domestic Violence Victims

    The Texas Budget signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott increases support for domestic violence victims by more than $8 million dollars over the previous legislative session.

    $3 Million Dollar Increase In General Revenue

    Highlights include a $3 million dollar increase in funding for domestic violence shelter and resource center services, including  $53.9 million for core services.  In addition appropriators dedicated $3 million in Exceptional Item Funding for legal services, economic options for survivors, prevention, domestic violence fatality review and targeted approaches related identified needs within the State Plan.  Legislators realized the significant need for these services: over 84,000 people served in shelters and resource centers last year and a 31% turn away rate due lack of resources spurred this overall commitment by the legislature to providing a total of $59.9 million for family violence center services.

    $1 Million Dollar Increase- First Increase in 15 Years for Batter Intervention & Prevention Programs

    The budget also includes a $1 million dollar increase in Batter Intervention Prevention Programs funding, the first increase in 15 years and a significant criminal justice reform.  Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs offer group educational sessions to hold men who batter accountable and are designed to challenge their belief structures that support abusive behavior and ultimately create behavior change.

    $4 Million Dollar Increase to Create Domestic Violence High Risk Teams Across the State

    In addition, the Legislature approved and funded one of Governor Abbott’s legislative priorities: “High Risk Domestic Violence Teams”.   The Governor, working with legislative leaders Senator Joan Huffman and Rep. Carol Alvarado passed HB 3327 that will create these teams across the state, supplying $4 million dollars in funding for the Attorney General’s office to make this a reality.

    The Domestic Violence High Risk Teams foster a coordinated community response to the worst and most dangerous kinds of domestic violence cases.  They unite law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals, victim advocates and others at the local level to review cases of domestic violence and to identify, monitor, and contain the most dangerous perpetrators before they can inflict deadly harm.

    “This budget will further protect victims of domestic violence in the State of Texas,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “Domestic Violence programs need additional money to provide shelter, legal services, counseling and other assistance to protect Texans from offenders who violate the law and represent a serious risk of danger to victims of domestic violence.  We thank Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Joe Straus, Senator Jane Nelson, Rep. John Otto, Senator Joan Huffman, Rep. Carol Alvarado and the many legislators working with the Texas Council on Family Violence for many years to increase the budget and to pass strong laws to protect victims of domestic violence.”

    Last year, over 84,000 women, children and men found safe sanctuary from violence at domestic violence shelters.  In 2013, 119 women were killed by their male intimate partner.  More than 61,000 adult victims and their children received services such as legal advocacy, counseling and other support.  Necessary state funding helps support 86 family violence programs in Texas, which include shelters, nonresidential centers and special project sites.  But the unfortunate reality remains that 31% of adult victims (11,485) requesting shelter were turned away due to lack of space.  In fact, according to a one-day census of family violence centers, Texas has the highest number of unmet requests for services compared to any other state in the country.

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    TCFV Praises El Paso Legislative Leaders for Passing New Significant Legislation and Adding the Most Money in the Last Decade to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

    Hear a Survivor’s Story and How New GPS and Protective Order Legislation Will Better Protect Victims

     El Paso, Texas – July 15, 2015– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) today praises El Paso State Senator Jose Rodriguez, Rep. Joe Moody, Rep. Cesar Blanco, Rep. Marisa Marquez, TCFV Board Chair, El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza and the 84th Texas Legislature for their overwhelming support of victims of domestic violence in Texas.

    “These El Paso leaders championed the cause to better protect communities and families here in El Paso and across Texas.  They passed new laws to hold domestic violence offenders accountable and advocated for increasing funding dedicated for domestic violence and achieved the most significant increase in the last decade,” said Gloria Terry, CEO of the Texas Council of Family Violence.

    SB 737- Increases Safety by Speeding Up Protective Orders

    Senator Rodriguez and Rep. Moody sponsored SB 737, signed into law by the Governor, which requires protective orders be placed into the system within three days of being issued so that there are no longer month or longer delays in getting them into the system.  This is important because without having the orders in the database, law enforcement may determine not to arrest the violator of a protective order and lives are at stake in these cases every day the protective order is not in the system.

    “Delays in notification make enforcement more difficult and can have deadly consequences, especially when an officer arrives at the scene of a family violence investigation without knowing this crucial information,” Sen. Rodríguez said. “This is one of several bills I passed to address this and other gaps in how we protect victims of crime.”

     HB 2645-Increases Safety by Making Tampering with GPS a Criminal Offense

    Rep. Cesar Blanco sponsored a bill that makes destroying or tampering with the normal use of a global positioning monitor (GPS) in a family violence case a violation of protective order and a criminal offense. This will protect victims of domestic violence so the offender can be arrested immediately if he tries to remove the device and go after the victim.

    $8 Million Dollar Total Increase For Domestic Violence Victims

    The Texas Budget signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott increases support for domestic violence victims by more than $8 million dollars over the previous legislative session.

    $3 Million Dollar Increase In General Revenue

    Highlights include a $3 million dollar increase in funding for domestic violence shelter and resource center services, including  $53.9 million for core services.  In addition appropriators dedicated $3 million in Exceptional Item Funding for legal services, economic options for survivors, prevention, domestic violence fatality review and targeted approaches related identified needs within the State Plan.  Legislators realized the significant need for these services: over 84,000 people served in shelters and resource centers last year and a 31% turn away rate due lack of resources spurred this overall commitment by the legislature to providing a total of $59.9 million for family violence center services.

    $1 Million Dollar Increase- First Increase in 15 Years for Batter Intervention & Prevention Programs

    The budget also includes a $1 million dollar increase in Batter Intervention Prevention Programs funding, the first increase in 15 years and a significant criminal justice reform.  Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs offer group educational sessions to hold men who batter accountable and are designed to challenge their belief structures that support abusive behavior and ultimately create behavior change.

    $4 Million Dollars to Create Domestic Violence High Risk Teams Across the State

    In addition, the Legislature approved and funded one of Governor Abbott’s legislative priorities: “High Risk Domestic Violence Teams”.   The Governor, working with legislative leaders Senator Joan Huffman and Rep. Carol Alvarado passed HB 3327 that will create these teams across the state, supplying $4 million dollars in funding for the Attorney General’s office to make this a reality.

    The Domestic Violence High Risk Teams foster a coordinated community response to the worst and most dangerous kinds of domestic violence cases.  They unite law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals, victim advocates and others at the local level to review cases of domestic violence and to identify, monitor, and contain the most dangerous perpetrators before they can inflict deadly harm.

    “This budget will further protect victims of domestic violence in the State of Texas,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “Domestic Violence programs need additional money to provide shelter, legal services, counseling and other assistance to protect Texans from offenders who violate the law and represent a serious risk of danger to victims of domestic violence.  We want to thank Rep. Marquez who sits on the Appropriations Committee for advocating for victims of domestic violence and thank TCFV Board Chair, El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza for spending countless hours testifying on behalf of our legislative agenda and advocating powerfully for victims of domestic violence.”

    Texas leads the nation in the number of people seeking services that are turned away due to lack of resources and there is still more work and more resources that will need to be accomplished next legislative session.  Last year, over 84,000 women, children and men found safe sanctuary from violence at domestic violence shelters.  In 2013, 119 women were killed by their male intimate partner.  More than 61,000 adult victims and their children received services such as legal advocacy, counseling and other support.  Necessary state funding helps support 86 family violence programs in Texas, which include shelters, nonresidential centers and special project sites.  But the unfortunate reality remains that 31% of adult victims (11,485) requesting shelter were turned away due to lack of space.  In fact, according to a one-day census of family violence centers, Texas has the highest number of unmet requests for services compared to any other state in the country.

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    Rally at the Capitol supports full funding for family violence programs

    Gloria Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence speaks during a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Texas Council on Family Violence and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and hundreds of victims' rights advocates from across the state of Texas rallied at the Texas Capitol to strongly support full funding for family violence programs and rape crisis centers across Texas.

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    CEO Gloria Terry talks about the Honoring Texas Victims report in Dallas

    Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry being interviewed by Univision in Dallas. TCFV released the annual Honoring Texas Victims Report during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 119 women were killed in Texas. 38 women were killed in the DFW metroplex.

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    Sen. John Cornyn, Police Chief Acevedo raise awareness on domestic violence

    The Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry joins Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and  U.S. Senator John Cornyn at an event to raise awareness about domestic violence.

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    Victims' families call for end to violence

    The mother of Cheyenne Green, who was murdered in a parking lot during an east Texas football game, and the parents of Kari Dunn, who was murdered in a Marshall hotel, joined Shannon Trest, Executive Director, Women’s Center of East Texas, Gregg County Judge Bill Stout and Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry at a news conference in Longview to discuss the tragic murders of their family members and to discuss ways future domestic violence deaths may be prevented and children will not have to grow up without their moms.

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    New domestic violence taskforce at HHSC

    The Texas Council on Family Violence is honored to chair a new domestic violence task force and work closely with vice-chair, Dr. Jeff Temple of UT Medical Branch at Galveston and the entire task force to collaborate on women’s health care and domestic violence. A meeting of the 25 member task force was held on October 8, 2014 during HealthCares about domestic violence day.

    A news conference in Austin with Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) CEO Gloria Terry and Dr. Jeff Temple, an associate professor and director of behavioral health and research at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Courtney Santana, a domestic violence survivor.  Terry and Temple are leading of a new Domestic Violence Task Force Texas for the Health and Human Services Commission.

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    US Marshals launch new domestic violence taskforce

    Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry speaks at a news conference in Austin with the US Marshals who launched a new task force to crack down on domestic violence fugitives.

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    The Texas Council on Family Violence Praises Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Joe Straus and the Texas Legislature for Adding the Most Significant Amount of Money to Protect Domestic Violence Victims in the Last Decade

    Austin, Texas – June 22, 2015– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today praises Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the 84th Texas Legislature for their overwhelming support of victims of domestic violence in Texas.  They dramatically increased funding dedicated to domestic violence, the most significant increase in the last decade, to address the fact that Texas leads the nation in the number of people served by programs and those seeking services that are turned away due to lack of resources.

    $8 Million Dollar Increase For Domestic Violence Victims

    The Texas Budget signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott increases support for domestic violence victims by more than $8 million dollars over the previous legislative session.

    $3 Million Dollar Increase In General Revenue

    Highlights include a $3 million dollar increase in funding for domestic violence shelter and resource center services, including  $53.9 million for core services.  In addition appropriators dedicated $3 million in Exceptional Item Funding for legal services, economic options for survivors, prevention, domestic violence fatality review and targeted approaches related identified needs within the State Plan.  Legislators realized the significant need for these services: over 84,000 people served in shelters and resource centers last year and a 31% turn away rate due lack of resources spurred this overall commitment by the legislature to providing a total of $59.9 million for family violence center services.

    $1 Million Dollar Increase- First Increase in 15 Years for Batter Intervention & Prevention Programs

    The budget also includes a $1 million dollar increase in Batter Intervention Prevention Programs funding, the first increase in 15 years and a significant criminal justice reform.  Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs offer group educational sessions to hold men who batter accountable and are designed to challenge their belief structures that support abusive behavior and ultimately create behavior change.

    $4 Million Dollar Increase to Create Domestic Violence High Risk Teams Across the State

    In addition, the Legislature approved and funded one of Governor Abbott’s legislative priorities: “High Risk Domestic Violence Teams”.   The Governor, working with legislative leaders Senator Joan Huffman and Rep. Carol Alvarado passed HB 3327 that will create these teams across the state, supplying $4 million dollars in funding for the Attorney General’s office to make this a reality.

    The Domestic Violence High Risk Teams foster a coordinated community response to the worst and most dangerous kinds of domestic violence cases.  They unite law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals, victim advocates and others at the local level to review cases of domestic violence and to identify, monitor, and contain the most dangerous perpetrators before they can inflict deadly harm.

    “This budget will further protect victims of domestic violence in the State of Texas,” said Gloria A. Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “Domestic Violence programs need additional money to provide shelter, legal services, counseling and other assistance to protect Texans from offenders who violate the law and represent a serious risk of danger to victims of domestic violence.  We thank Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Joe Straus, Senator Jane Nelson, Rep. John Otto, Senator Joan Huffman, Rep. Carol Alvarado and the many legislators working with the Texas Council on Family Violence for many years to increase the budget and to pass strong laws to protect victims of domestic violence.”

    Last year, over 84,000 women, children and men found safe sanctuary from violence at domestic violence shelters.  In 2013, 119 women were killed by their male intimate partner.  More than 61,000 adult victims and their children received services such as legal advocacy, counseling and other support.  Necessary state funding helps support 86 family violence programs in Texas, which include shelters, nonresidential centers and special project sites.  But the unfortunate reality remains that 31% of adult victims (11,485) requesting shelter were turned away due to lack of space.  In fact, according to a one-day census of family violence centers, Texas has the highest number of unmet requests for services compared to any other state in the country.

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    THE TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE HONORS FIVE OUTSTANDING TEXAS FATHERS & CHAMPIONS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS THIS FATHER’S DAY

    Austin, Texas – June 18, 2015– This Father’s Day, The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) honors five Texas champions who make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence in Texas.

    “Father's Day is a very important day in the lives of children all over the world.  It is a day of celebration meant to recognize the efforts fathers put into raising children, often sacrificing material things for their well-being,” said Gloria A Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.  “A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life.  He’s a pillar of strength and support and he leads by example. He leaves his mark as a good man on his children.”

    This Father’s Day TCFV recognizes Travis County Criminal Court Judge Michael Denton, Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons, El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza, Mary Kay’s Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Crayton Webb and UT Medical Branch at Galveston Dr. Jeff Temple. 

    Travis County Criminal Court Judge Michael Denton is a relentless advocate for domestic violence victims in the justice system.  As a prosecutor he saw that domestic violence cases were not being prioritized or handled judiciously, so he ran for office to establish Texas’s first specialized Domestic Violence Court, one of only a handful in the nation.  Today, his court handles civil protective order hearings, criminal misdemeanor cases, and as of five years ago, felony criminal cases, making it the only court of its kind on the country. Judge Denton’s daughter is now 23 year’s old.  Shortly after she was born, he recalled taking a particularly heartbreaking call as a volunteer for a rape crisis hotline.  "I knew right then I wanted to make a difference in my daughter's life and in the life of other girls and women."

    Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parson’s was elected in 2013.  He has served on TCFV's Leadership Core of Prosecutors and spoken at the Purple Postcard press conference in support of full funding for domestic violence programs. Jarvis has pursued creative and adaptive programs to reduce domestic violence in Brazos County, like the Cut It Out program that coordinates with beauty salon professionals to talk to victims who might not respond to traditional outreach programs. Jarvis said being a father to his 6-year-old daughter has increased his empathy and understanding, and increased the level of urgency when dealing with cases involving children.

    Jaime Esparza is the District Attorney for El Paso, Culberson, and Hudspeth Counties, and serves on TCFV's Board of Directors.  His 24 Contact Program puts victims of family violence in touch with a victim advocate and an investigator within 24 hours of an offender's arrest - leading to better support for the victim and more success in prosecution of the offender.  The program is one part of his work to "change the mindset and culture" around domestic violence in the community and courthouses.  As the father of four adult children, Jaime says "My own parents modeled healthy, loving parenting and as a father, I have been fortunate to be able to lean on those very lessons so my children succeed in life."  

    Crayton Webb is Mary Kay's Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility.  He serves on TCFV's Board of Directors and the men's auxiliary for Genesis Shelter in Dallas, and has spoken thoughtfully about the role of men in the movement to end violence against women.  As the father of three sons, he said, "parenthood is constantly humbling but the greatest treasure...If you want kids to be open and share, they can't feel like you are going to judge them."

    Dr. Jeff Temple is the Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  His research in teen dating violence and domestic violence prevention has advanced the work to eliminate violence.  As a father, he has seen firsthand the importance of teaching kids about healthy relationships from a young age.  His mantra as the coach of his children's little league teams: "respect everyone," and "be nice!"

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    Regional Membership Meetings

    Regional Membership Meetings are held in each region of Texas and offer members the opportunity for complimentary customized trainings, program sharing and invaluable networking opportunities for family violence program leadership and staff.

    Upcoming Trainings

    AUG 11 • Tyler AUG 14 • Austin

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    Men At Work Facilitator Training

    Presenter Lee Giordano will bring the new curriculum from Men Stopping Violence, Men At Work: Building Safe Communities. This facilitator training provides 17.75 BIPP CEU hours. June 3-5, 2015 Fort Worth, TX 

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    Texas Prevention Summit 2015

    TPS_Logo_FINAL_webTAASA and TCFV present Texas Prevention Summit 2015: Transforming Communities. Each conference workshop is carefully designed to deliver a unique learning experience for prevention workers and program leadership. June 29 - July 1, 2015 Austin, TX Learn More

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    Join Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo & Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton to Remember Women Who Have Been Murdered by Violent Crime and All Victims of Violent Crime during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

    Austin, Texas—April 20, 2015—This week Texans are commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  Statewide organizations that serve victims of crime will be holding a series of events to raise awareness about crime victim issues.  Everyone knows about a defendant’s right to remain silent, but do you know victims of crime have rights too?

    Marina Herrera, whose aunt was beaten and stabbed to death by her husband of 17 years in her home, had to find out to find about victims’ rights the hard way when she lost her aunt and best friend in a domestic violence murder on December 14, of 2013.  47-year-old Elizabeth Garcia Tamez was murdered by her husband in her Austin home.  She left behind a son who is now 11 years old and is being raised by family members.  Jesus Juan Tamez is serving 20 years in prison for her murder.

    Marina’s family had to make a lot of tough decisions along the way during the prosecution because the husband had a history of mental illness and many crime victims advocates helped guide the family through the process.

    “If I can help one person from meeting the same fate that my aunt met, than speaking out is worth it.  This has been a journey of struggle, sacrifice, time and the advocates have been so wonderful.  I am blessed to have met them and to have not gone through this alone,” said Marina Herrera, whose aunt was murdered.

    Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, Dr. Jennie Barr, Committee Chair of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry joined Marina Herrera, a crime victim whose aunt was murdered in a domestic violence homicide, during a news conference about the rights of victims of violent crime during National Crime Victims Rights Week.

    Crime Victims’ Rights Ceremony 

    There will also be a ceremony with dozens of victims of crime attending to raise awareness about crime-victim issues, by identifying and reaching out to victims who need our help, and by thinking anew about how to help individuals and communities harmed by crime.

    The 2015 theme—Engaging Communities-Empowering Victims 

    Many victims of crime will gather at the ceremony to remember their loved ones and bring awareness to the victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, drunken driving and a host of other crimes perpetrated on victims.

    The ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Central Christian Church at 1110 Guadalupe St. in Austin.

    The Texas observance of Crime Victims’ Rights Week is being organized by Austin area victim service agencies that serve Texans across the state.

                  CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK PLANNING COMMITTEE: 

    Austin Police Department
    Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas
    Crime Victims’ Institute, Sam Houston State University
    CrimeStoppers
    Christi Center
    Jennifer’s Hope
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    People Against Violent Crime
    Texas Advocacy Project
    Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
    Texas Council on Family Violence
    Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department
    Texas Legal Services Center
    Texas Office of the Attorney General
    Texas Office of the Governor
    Texas Victim Services Association
    Travis County District Attorney’s Office
    Travis County Sheriff’s Office

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    THOUSANDS OF PURPLE POSTCARDS FROM TEXANS ARE DELIVERED TO LEGISLATORS AT THE CAPITOL TODAY TO SUPPORT FULL FUNDING FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    Domestic Violence Survivor Speaks Out About How Her Daughter was Murdered by her Boyfriend and How Domestic Violence Services Could Have Saved Her Life 

    Austin, Texas – March 19, 2015– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is teaming up with legislators and thousands of Texans to support full funding for family violence services.

     

    Today, thousands of postcards are being delivered to legislators to show how important full funding is for family violence programs.  Advocates, allies and survivors of family violence use the color purple to symbolize their work to end violence within families.

     

    Rep. Sylvester Turner, Vice Chairman of House Appropriations, Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons and Catherine Shellman whose daughter Tiffanie was murdered in a domestic violence homicide joined Gloria Terry CEO of TCFV at a news conference at the Capitol.

     

    "Raising awareness about domestic violence and making sure funding is a priority-- is important to me and the Texas Legislature," said Rep. Sylvester Turner, Vice Chairman of House Appropriations.

     

    “Full funding is especially critical to ensure victims of domestic violence have a safety net,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of TCFV.  “We are blessed that we have such strong support from legislators advocating for victims of domestic violence and we especially want to thank Senator Jane Nelson and Rep. Sylvester Turner for their outstanding leadership on this life and death issue.”

     

    “I’m proud to participate in the Purple Postcard Project for the fifth session in a row.  Our state’s commitment to victims of family violence continues this session, and I stand with each of Texas’ 5 million lifetime victims of family violence, the over 84,000 people served in family violence centers last year alone, and the ones who love and support them.  We will prioritize funding for family violence services, said Senator Jane Nelson, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “

     

    Full funding is important to try and prevent domestic violence murders like 23-year-old Tiffanie Perry who was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, Kenny Trevino, in September 2010. She was attending Texas State University in San Marcos and getting ready to leave her boyfriend for good when he killed her and then killed himself.

     

    Her mom, Catherine Shellman says,  “I did not know about the domestic violence until it was too late when I found and read Tiffanies’ journal and I don’t want that to happen to another mom or dad, so I speak out to urge people to talk about domestic violence and realize that anyone can be a victim and we must do all we can to recognize the signs and get help before it is too late.”

     

    “ It is imperative that we fully fund family violence services to help prevent and eliminate this serious crime, said Jarvis Parsons, District Attorney for Brazos County in Bryan-College Station.”

     

    The purple postcards come from people across Texas as a strong statement to legislators to fully fund family violence.  Members of TCFV will deliver thousands of postcards to legislators throughout the State Capitol.

     

    For more information about the purple postcard campaign you can log onto www.tcfv.org

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    Capitol Day Rally

    Gloria Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence speaks during a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Texas Council on Family Violence and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and hundreds of victims' rights advocates from across the state of Texas rallied at the Texas Capitol to strongly support full funding for family violence programs and rape crisis centers across Texas.

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