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.
It is evident that significant strides have been made over the last 25 years in the anti-domestic and anti-sexual violence movements, yet a great deal of work remains to eradicate these forms of violence in Texas. According to the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, 2 in 5 women and 1 in 5 men in Texas have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lifetime.1 Likewise, 38% of Texas women and 27% of Texas men experience domestic violence each year.2 While these numbers seem to reveal disturbing trends in Texas, they also demonstrate that more and more survivors are coming forward to talk about their experiences and to seek services (despite low numbers of survivors reporting to law enforcement). This is a direct result of the crucial work being guided by the statewide leaders who attend this conference. The statistics also highlight the need to redouble primary prevention efforts throughout Texas to challenge the causes of these forms of violence at their roots. “It’s essential that Executive Directors have the opportunity to stay current with the most recent trends in victim services and prevention as well as strengthen their skills as non-profit administrators. Being able to meet both of these professional development needs at one event is value added given the hectic daily schedules of these leaders.” says Annette Burrhus-Clay, TAASA’s Executive Director.
The purpose of Directing the Work is to create a space where leaders from across Texas can share strategies for strengthening and sustaining local rape crisis centers and family violence shelters. Attendees will examine and discuss the issues of domestic and sexual violence from primary prevention, advocacy, survivor-centered service provision perspectives, as well as administrative and leadership development. The conference offers its attendees opportunities to learn from expert presenters on key topics designed to support and foster leadership capacity in these fields.
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.
Executive Directors’ Conference for Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Programs
Date: Monday, January 11 & 12, 2016
Time: Begins Monday, January 11 at 11:00 am thru January 12 at 5:00 pm
Location: Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriot, 300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701