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Since , 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. 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.
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. 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:. TCFV, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a c 3 nonprofit organization with an integrated funding base of federal, state, private and public support.
Leigh Ann Fry, President and Chair Jaime Esparza, El Paso, Chair-Elect Frank Jackel, Treasurer, At-Large Director Julia Spann, Secretary, Region 9. Danielle Agee, Irving Jeff Allar, Austin Shirley Cox, Arlington Janet Lawson, Austin Laura Squiers, Lufkin Crayton Webb, Dallas.
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.
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. Richmond Freedom House Weatherford Friendship of Women, Inc.
Borger Johnson County Family Crisis Center Cleburne Mission Granbury, Inc. Dumas SafeHaven of Tarrant County Arlington, Fort Worth SafePlace Austin Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas SAFE-T Mt. 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.
Katy Christian Ministries Mary Kay Inc. 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 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 , and immediately began to receive calls from sexual assault victims as well as from those caught in an abusive relationship. 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.
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. 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. 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 , 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.
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 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: 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, 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.
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 we included a set-aside of 2.
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. 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 , 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. 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.
In August , 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 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. Texas Council on Family Violence strives to strengthen national and statewide communications efforts, public education, and awareness of domestic violence issues. Angela Hale angela redmediagroup.
Shirley Cox, Senior Vice President for Frost Bank and Danielle Agee, General Counsel — South Central Market, Verizon Wireless. 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 at a national bank prior to joining Overton Bankshares now a part of Frost National Bank in 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: She is a past member of the Arlington South Rotary Club, and also an honorary initiate into Delta Delta Delta Fraternity. 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 year tenure at Verizon. Danielle earned her J.
Danielle lives in Frisco, TX with her husband and two children. Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 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 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts.
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