Austin, TX– On the heels of Super Bowl XLIX’s first public service announcement to create awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, front line leaders meet today to share strategies for strengthening and sustaining local family violence shelters and rape crisis centers. They will also discuss issues affecting service delivery, prevention, and awareness. “Bringing together leaders from across the state who shape their respective communities response to the complex needs of victims is essential. They not only learn from key presenters on relevant topics, they also learn from one another. These practices keep us focused on providing the safety, empowerment, tools and resources that best serve families in crisis,” says Gloria A. Terry, CEO of TCFV.
The increase in high profile cases covered by local and national media outlets impacts sexual assault and domestic violence service providers who often experience an upsurge in calls from survivors as a result. “National media coverage inevitably increases the number of survivors that reach out to local service providers. It’s helpful to learn from each other how we can best serve our respective communities” says Annette Burrhus-Clay, TAASA’s Executive Director
Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence have unique and complex needs and deserve accessible, comprehensive, community-based services. Local agencies work to address the needs of survivors and the debunk misconceptions around both issues.
Executive Directors’ Conference for Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Programs
Date: Monday, February 9 & 10, 2015
Time: Begins Monday, February 9th at 11:30am thru February 10th 4:45pm
Location: Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX 78744
As local agencies continue to meet the needs of survivors in their communities, a true and genuine partnership between coalitions provides the greatest opportunities for success. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and the Texas Council on Family Violence work jointly to maximize efforts in providing guidance and enhancing survivor-centered services across the state.
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is the statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas. A non-profit educational and advocacy organization based in Austin, TAASA member agencies comprise a statewide network of more than 80 crisis centers that serve rural as well as metropolitan areas. Founded in 1982, the agency has a strong record of success in community education, legal services, youth outreach, law enforcement training, legislative advocacy, and curricula and materials development. Additional information about TAASA can be found at www.taasa.org.
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://tcfv.org/