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

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

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

2016 CJSRT Selections:

Friendswood, TX: March 9, 2016
Corsicana, TX: May 5, 2016
Schertz, TX: May 25, 2016
San Angelo, TX: June 21, 2016

Training Topics

Developing a Domestic Violence Fatality Review
This session will provide a broad overview of the purpose, goals, and development process of Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams. Participants will learn the key components and various methods of implementing or strengthening a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.

Developing a Domestic Violence Task Force
This session will provide a broad overview of the purpose, goals, and development process of a Domestic Violence Task Force. Participants will learn the key components and various methods of implementing or strengthening a Domestic Violence Task Force.

Developing a Family Violence Court System
This session will provide a broad overview of Domestic Violence Court Systems. Participants will learn the key components and various methods of implementing or strengthening a specialized Domestic Violence Court.

Community Safety Assessments
This session will teach participants the purpose and goals of a community safety assessment. Participants will learn the key components needed in order to implement the safety assessment, as well as how to write a report and draft community suggestions.

Establishing a 24-Hour Contact Initiative
This session will teach participants about the basics of the 24-hour initiative, a nationally recognized program developed with the collaboration of El Paso District Attorney’s Office and Center Against Family Violence, El Paso’s local family violence shelter. Participants will learn how to collaborate with local law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates on how to implement a 24-hour response to victims of domestic violence.

Guide to Community Engagement
This topic will cover ways to grow community engagement within the movement. Participants will learn positive networking techniques, collaboration techniques, and ways to engage community members and leaders who are not yet involved in the movement.

Leadership Models
Participants will learn various leadership models for community agencies who respond to domestic violence. Topics will cover a variety of models as well as ways to draft response policies and procedures and memorandum of understandings.

Coordinating Councils
Geared towards larger, urban areas, this session will provide a broad overview of the purpose, goals, and development process of a Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Participants will learn the key components and various methods of implementing or strengthening a Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.

Utilizing Cameras for Successful Prosecution
Participants will learn how body cameras attached to law enforcement become a useful tool for providing evidence in order to prosecute domestic violence cases. Participants will learn how other Texas counties have utilized this technique and how to successfully implement the program within their own community.

Coordinating a Firearms Surrender Protocol
This session provides information on how your community can establish and implement firearm surrender protocols. Participants will learn current laws and practices surrounding these topics, as well as how to coordinate as a community to enforce the laws.

Culturally Competent Responses to Victims’ Needs
This session addresses the principles of valuing individual differences, understanding cultural dynamics, building cultural awareness, and increasing sensitivity about victimization among culturally diverse populations.

Understanding Violence Against People with Disabilities and Older Adults
This workshop defines common types of disabilities and provides an overview on aging. It will also discuss the dynamics of assault in the lives of people living with disabilities and older adults.   Participants will also learn how to effectively collaborate together.

Mental Health & Family Violence
This session explores the intersections of mental health and family violence. Participants will learn tools for working with victims who have mental health needs. Participants will gain awareness of barriers experienced by survivors, as well as ways to increase safety for survivors.

Working with Individuals in Crisis and Trauma-Informed Care
This session will provide a multi-disciplinary approach with crisis intervention and utilizing trauma informed care techniques to best serve victims of family violence.

Health Care Assessment and Response
This session will focus on domestic violence screening techniques and safety planning resources for health care providers. Participants will learn how to work with victims within a health care setting as well as how to screen patients for family violence. Advocates will also learn how to speak with and respond to victims and survivors regarding health care needs.

Lethality Assessments for Law Enforcement and Advocates
This workshop will offer tools for law enforcement as well as advocates on implementing and utilizing lethality assessments. Participants will also learn how each discipline utilizes their assessments and how to effectively collaborate together.

High Risk Offender Accountability with BIPPs, Probation, and Family Violence Programs
This workshop will highlight offender accountability programs as an integral part of coordinated community response. Community experts will provide strategies and tactics used to hold offenders accountable and keep victims safe by involving systems that interact with offenders as well as victims.

Best Practices in Stalking Investigations
This training provides an overview of stalking laws in Texas and also dissects the intersections of stalking and family violence. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the role technology plays in stalking. This session will also provide law enforcement officers the tools necessary for successful stalking investigations. Advocates will also learn law enforcement’s response to these types of crimes and how to effectively advocate on behalf of their clients.

Protective Orders and Community Engagement
This session provides an overview of protective orders including: application process, enforcement and methods to effectively enhance safety for victims of family violence. Participants will also learn ways to effectively promote inter-agency collaboration and ways to collectively respond to protective order violations and victim safety needs.

Texas Laws Affecting Victims of Family Violence
This workshop provides a basic understanding of legal definitions and laws pertaining to family violence.  Law enforcement response and landmark criminal cases are also examined. The session additionally provides extensive information about legal options available for family violence victims and survivors in Texas and updates on family violence-related laws.

Our Facilitators

Barbie Brashear
Barbie Brashear is the Executive Director for the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, a non-profit organization that works to coordinate a community response to domestic violence in Harris County. She attended Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is a licensed social worker in the state of Texas. She has worked in the domestic violence field for 20 years and has provided leadership to sexual assault programs, domestic violence programs, and long-term housing programs for over 17 years. She is a certified trainer for the Houston Touchpoints Team and serves on the Boards for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Community Collaborations Council.
headshot Sarah Hilderbrand, LMSW
Sarah Hilderbrand is a Family Violence Services Coordinator with the Texas Council on Family Violence, where she provides support to service providers across the state in the form of customized training’s, coordinated community response development, and batterer intervention and prevention audits. She attended the University of Texas where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a licensed master social worker. Prior to her work with TCFV, she was a Victim Witness Counselor with the Victim Services Unit at the Austin Police Department, where she provided safety planning, brief counseling and crisis intervention, court accompaniment, explanation of the criminal investigative process, and criminal justice advocacy to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Sarah has also worked as a hotline advocate for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and as a Residential Victim’s Advocate at True North, a family violence shelter in Central Missouri.
Tracy headshot Tracy Grinstead-Everly, JD
Ms. Tracy Grinstead-Everly is the legal Public Policy Manager with the Texas Council on Family Violence, dedicated to developing and promoting laws and policies that expand safe options for family violence survivors.  She has been working in the family violence field for over 25 years.  A prior hotline advocate, specialized mediator, and managing Violence Against Women Act civil grant attorney, she continues to support survivors and trains civil and criminal justice system officials and community members on family violence.  Her particular areas of expertise include firearms, protective orders, legal and legislative advocacy, family law, and ethics.  She graduated magna cum laude from TeikyoWestmar University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in history, philosophy and political science.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1995.

Sgt. Melissa Holbrook
Sgt. Melissa Holbrook is a 24 year veteran with the Houston Police Department and is currently assigned to a Murder Squad within the Homicide Division.  She has worked in several divisions including Patrol, Burglary and Theft, Major Assaults, Crime Scene Unit and Internal Affairs. From 2006–2012, Sgt. Holbrook was assigned to the Special Crimes Division/ Family Violence Unit.  Additionally, she spent three years working as an HPD family violence unit investigator and  liaison with the Harris County District Attorney’s Family Criminal Law Division.  Sgt. Holbrook trains law enforcement and citizens on the subject of Family Violence and Stalking. She is a member of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and a certified TCOLE instructor and an instructor of SAFVIC (Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator Course).
David Scott- Headshot Dr. David Scott
Dr. David Scott is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice and public administration at the University of Texas at Tyler.  Prior to his appointment to UT Tyler, Dr. Scott was a police sergeant for the Longview Police Department in Longview, Texas for 13 years.  During his tenure, he specialized in instructing and investigating sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse related crimes.  Dr. Scott is also the Board Chairman of the Women’s Center of East Texas in Gregg County, Texas.
   Additional Facilitators TBA!

Interested in Hosting?

A CJSRT is provided at no cost to your program or attendees and offers continuing education to many disciplines.
Your organization must be a non-profit organization that primarily serves survivors of family violence to be eligible for hosting the CJSRT training. The host organization will partner with their local police or sheriff’s department and be responsible for participating in the planning process, obtaining a training location, marketing, and other logistics.
Programs will be selected by criteria including location, CJSRT history, and available resources.
For more information, please contact Sarah Hilderbrand at SHilderbrand@tcfv.org or (512) 685-6375.