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  • The Brookhaven Courier Talks about The Family Place's Efforts to Raise Awareness

    by Emily Roberts | Dec 03, 2012

    Local Nonprofit Group’s Efforts Raise Awareness

    By Seferina Limones
    The Brookhaven Courier
    November 29, 2012

    Domestic violence may not always be the easiest topic of conversation, but with October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s time that people begin the dialogue and become aware of what can happen behind closed doors.

    Domestic violence is one of the most underreported and common crimes today. According to www.domesticviolencestatistics.org, every nine seconds a woman will be beaten or assaulted, meaning approximately 1.3 million women will be victims of domestic violence this year alone.
    There are groups such as the Family Place that are dedicated to educating everyone on the devastating impact of domestic violence.

    The Family Place is a year-round advocacy group dedicated to helping families and victims combat abuse and violence with two offices in the Dallas Metroplex, one of which is located at 4300 MacArthur Avenue.

    The Family Place has done more than just spread awareness. It educates the youth of the Metroplex about the warning signs of an abusive person as well as teaches preventative tactics, according to its website.

    Violence in the home does not only affect the person who is experiencing it, but those who witness the crime. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, up to 10 million children this year will witness some form of domestic violence. According to the domestic violence statistics webpage, men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their partner than sons of nonviolent parents.

    According to its website, The Family Place offers several varieties of awareness groups. Each group appeals to specific age ranges and the situations people of that group could experience or prevent from happening. The goal is to educate youth before violence happens by starting school programs in third grade. Material covered varies from sexual harassment to cyberbullying, showing the difference between playful banter and signs of future danger.

    The website also states that the school groups are offered up to grade 12. After high school graduation, former students are offered a place in Be Group Leadership Groups. These select students help spread awareness and encourage other students to join the groups to gain knowledge. Over the years, the Family Place’s awareness campaigns have ranged from skit teams to last year’s free concert. People of all ages, in relationships and not, can attend and learn how to stop the violence.

    For more information on these programs, domestic violence facts and how to spread awareness, readers can visit www.familyplace.org or like it on Facebook.

  • Standing Up to Bullying is Everyone's Job

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 16, 2012

    Bullying is when a person or group of people intentionally act in a way that is emotionally, physically, or socially harmful towards another person on a repeated basis. 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying and 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.  

    Read a real story from one our clients (names have been changed):

    Amy was a client of The Family Place (TFP) about 7 years ago. She stayed in the shelter for 30 days with her 3 kids, and then the whole family participated in Outreach counseling for almost 2 years.

    A few months ago, Amy contacted TFP to get help for her daughter, Tina - now 13 - because she is being bullied. Tina recently told Amy that the bullying has been going on for years. Amy said the experience is "crushing Tina's spirit," and recently Tina remarked that it might be easier if she "weren't on this earth" any longer. Amy realized it was serious, and called TFP for help because she said she trusted us. TFP helped her tremendously in the past, and gave her so much support and skills. She knows her daughter needs that now.

    Tina is coming to the Be Project office for 1:1 counseling. Amy drives her all the way from Lewisville.

    Standing Up to bullying is everyone's job. Continue talking with peers and others in your community about how we can end bullying. Read the Pledge and share how many students signed it.

    Learn more about how to Stand Up Against Bullying on The Family Place Be Project website.

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 is the VAWA National Day of Action

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 13, 2012

    Tomorrow, November 14th has been identified as a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) National Day of Action.  They judge the “lame duck session”, the session of Congress that will take place in the next few weeks, as an important time to highlight and push for the reauthorization of VAWA.

    The VAWA National Day of Action
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    679 Days Since VAWA Expired

    183 Days Since Congress’ Last Action on VAWA

    30 Days Left to pass VAWA before this Congress ends

    Tomorrow, consider taking one or more of the following steps:

    Call this toll-free number: 888-269-5702, which connects callers directly to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard. 

    • Speak to your U.S. Representative (www.house.gov) and Senators (www.senate.gov). 
    • Ask your elected members “to pass VAWA now”.  If you need some additional points to cover, consider using the following as a guide:

    I am your constituent.  Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  It has been 679 days since VAWA expired, and 183 days since Congress’s last action on VAWA.  Please, prioritize passing VAWA now.

    Consider also highlighting stories of how VAWA has helped your community take domestic violence seriously.

    • The Switchboard tracks the state location of the calls, so our partners at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will review the call lists from the main switchboard to see which states are most represented in terms of call volume.

    Email your members of Congress. 

    Twitter:  Do you tweet?  Here are a few sample tweets that you might use. 

    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because our shelter serves victims in your community who depend on it
    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because violence against women is not a partisan issue
    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because victims need safe and affordable housing #dv #VAWA
    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because too many victims are still being killed by their partners. #dv #VAWA

    Consider using social media

    • Join advocates across the nation in the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook Photo Campaign to tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  Snap photos of you, your friends, and your colleagues holding up signs saying why we need to Pass VAWA NOW!  Submit your photos via email to advocacy@nnedv.org or tweetpic to #PassVAWA2012.
    • Post this email or similar information on your Facebook page.

    For more information on VAWA, visit http://4vawa.org/.

  • Stiletto Strut 2013 Kicks Off - Read more in MySweetCharity

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 13, 2012

    Share-A-Date: 6th Annual Stiletto Strut

    by Jeanne Prejean
    MySweetCharity.com
    November 12, 2012

    Thursday, April 25: It was just made official Thursday at Dallas Fish Market that the 6th Annual Stiletto Strut not only has a date but co-chairs as well. The “strut” around Neiman Marcus Downtown will once again benefit The Family Place, but this year it will be chaired by Jenifer Strauss Dannahauser, Stacy Girard and Lindsay Jacaman on April 25.

    Co-chairs Lindsay Jacaman, Jenifer Strauss Dannhauser and Stacy Girard

    As in the past, before the ladies in high, namedropping heels start their stepping around the downtown block, they’ll be getting their whistles wet with champagne and all types of thirst quenchers in the store.

    One of the highlights is the raffle that includes the winning of a new pair of NM shoes for six months.

    As more deets are revealed, we’ll keep you updated. And there will be more deets.

  • The Family Place is the Recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit of the Year Award

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 12, 2012
    The Family Place was the winner of the Nonprofit of the Year Award at Center for Nonprofit Management's 12th annual Awards of Excellence - A Night of Light on Friday, November 9. CNM's Awards of Excellence acknowledges the outstanding contributions the nonprofit sector makes to the community.

    The other finalists for Nonprofit of the Year were Dallas AfterSchool Network and Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County. Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, is honorary chairman, and Rick Felts and Beth McGaw are co-chairs of the event.

    To view more about the event and other award winners, click here.
  • Be Project "Stands Up" Against Bullying for Bullying Awareness Week

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 12, 2012

    November 12-16, 2012 is National Bullying Awareness Week, The Family Place Be Project Premieres Bentley Green's Newly Updated Anti-Bullying Song to Kick-off Bullying Awareness Week! Listen. Stand Up. Visit Be Project at www.familyplacebeproject.org to hear.

    Be Project has put together a week long events to stand up against bullying. Click here to download the events or view below.

    Monday: Mix it Up Monday! Wear mixed up patterns. Step outside of your group of friends. Sit with someone new at lunch. Hang out with someone new at school.

    Bullying is when a person or group of people intentionally act in a way that is emotionally, physically, or socially harmful towards another person on a repeated basis. 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying and 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying. One of the best things you can do to end bullying is to be kind to others, especially if you think they are being bullied. *Consider watching and discussing one of the videos on the "Get Involved" Page.

    Tuesday: Take a Stand Tuesday! Wear your favorite pair of boots to Stand Up against bullying. Sign the school wide pledge against bullying today to show your support.

    Most students who see bullying want to do something about it. Check out what students like you have done to Stand Up against bullying. *Consider watching and discussing one of the videos on the "Get Involved" Page.

    Wednesday: Web Wednesday! Wear neon to show how you stand out online against cyberbullying. Send a positive text, tweet or Facebook post to someone who might need it. Call out bullying online when you see it.

    Over 40% of all teens reported being bullied online during the past year. Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that uses technology such as the internet, social networking sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), text messages or emails. It can happen 24/7, is often done anonymously, ignored by others, and not reported.

    Thursday: Teaming up Thursday! Wear your favorite jersey or team gear to show that you are on the Upstander Team!

    Peers are present during 88% of bullying incidents. Bystanders who passively watch ignore, or join in on the bullying become part of the problem. Upstanders who Stand Up and have the courage to intervene help to stop bullying. When peers intervene, bullying can stop in less than 10 seconds! *Consider "Acknowledging Upstanders" from Get Involved page.

    Friday: Purple Out Friday! Purple is the official color of the Be Project. Wear purple with us and all of our schools to show that when united, we can end bullying.

    Standing Up to bullying is everyone’s job. Continue talking with peers and others in your community about how we can end bullying. Read the Pledge and share how many students signed it.

  • Escapade 2012 featured in CultureMap Dallas

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 31, 2012

    Glam graveyard sets spooky scene for Dia de los Muertos-themed Escapade benefiting Family Place

    by Rachel Abrams
    CultureMap Dallas
    10.30.12

    Leave it to Ceron, Todd Fiscus, Matthew Simon, Keith Schumann, and Tracy and Josh Madans to plan the Halloween party of the season. The Family Place's fourth annual Escapade, themed Dia de los Muertos, was "better than desired," Fiscus said. "The Day of the Dead inspiration proved to be the best outlet for costuming."

    We can vouch for that. Guests took this costume thing very seriously.

    We saw vampires and witches in velvet Victorian-style gowns, the Joker from The Dark Knight, skeletons, flamenco dancers, and the Hulk. Our favorite duos were Tom Hoitsma and wife Kristie Ramirez, who arrived as Big Tex on fire and a firefighter, respectively, and Mark Thomas and Craig Thibodeau, who dressed as an Andy Warhol painting and the artist himself.

    The International on Turtle Creek Design Center turned out to be the perfect venue for an over-the-top and freakishly fun party. The cobweb-filled "graveyard" was a cluster of tombstones, skeletons, red-accented chandeliers and lacy banners.

    Guests — including Rob Ballard, Chuck Calloway, Melissa Platt, John Bourgeois, Grant Jackson, Carolyn and Bryant Tillery, Joyce Goss, and David Krauk dined on tacos made à la minute and sipped cocktails. For sweet and slimy treats — which Fiscus said was "the grossest and the coolest"— guests stopped at the gummy worm Ultimo Vodka bar.

    "Did you know that 100 pounds of gummy worms and centipedes can soak up 12 bottles of vodka?" Fiscus asked. "Who knew you could get gob-smacked by eating worms?"

    Between the silent and live auctions — one standout prize was a backyard bash with a Brinkmann grill and dinner for 23 prepared by a chef from Tillman's Roadhouse — Escapade raised thousands of dollars to support the fight against family violence.

    Read more and see some pictures in CultureMap Dallas.

  • Partners Card offers savings, raises funds for Family Place

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 25, 2012

    With more than 750 local retailers participating, The Family Place is celebrating 20 years of shopping and saving lives with its popular Partners Card fundraiser.

    Daybreak's Ron Corning talks to Connie Nash, who survived an abusive marriage with assistance from The Family Place, and Executive Director Paige Flink on October 24, 2012. WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre and NorthPark Center's Victoria Snee discuss valuable Partners Card savings for shoppers.

     

  • See How BIPP Rehabilitates Batterers on CBS-11

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 24, 2012

    CBS 11 Speaks to a rehabilitated batterer who has gone through The Family Place Battering Intervention Prevention Program (BIPP). Both "Bob" and The Family Place BIPP Program Director David Almger speak. Read the article below and click to see the video footage from the new segment from Tuesday, October 23.

    After Program Husband Says: “I Am Here. I Am An Abuser.”

    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Many people think of domestic violence as brutal beatings that occur over a long period of time. But that is not always the case.

    CBS 11 News wanted to get a different view of domestic violence — a look before it escalates out of control. We sat down with a North Texas man who admits to abusing his wife. He shares his story of how a certain type of therapy changed him, saved his family and how he believes it could help countless others before they reach the tipping point.

    “I am here. I am an abuser. And that is a very hard thing to say,” the man said plainly. Our interview subject agreed to a video interview but asked that his face and voice be disguised. For the purposes of this story we’ll call him “Bob.”

    At this point, Bob says he wants to protect his family, but admits it’s something he hasn’t done for years.

    Bob, a husband and father of four, said he was abusive for much of his 5-year-marriage.

    “Gestures, facial expressions, flipping things over, pushing things aside, slamming doors — those are all abusive behaviors,” he explained. “Yelling in their face, yes. Towering over them, yes. Screaming. Talking louder than them until they stop talking. Your nonverbal actions are just as important as the things that you say or do that could cause another person to act a certain way to accommodate you and not be who they are.”

    When the abuse turned physical, Bob’s wife called police. He was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury.

    A judge then ordered that he take part in the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) at The Family Place in Dallas.

    “When you first come, the thing that shocks you is that you’re entering a program that addresses it, just what it is: as abuse. Then you have to learn to accept the fact, that abuser is you,” Bob said.

    The 24-week BIPP program rehabilitates batterers. It teaches them non-violent strategies, how to recognize triggers, and learning empathy for their victims.

    According to BIPP director David Almager, changing a batterer’s beliefs is the key to success.

    “A belief system that says ‘it’s okay for me to do these behaviors toward an intimate partner.’ That’s the biggest challenge, but that’s where the biggest benefit comes from,” he explained.

    Bob said the therapy program made him see how his words and actions hurt his wife. He also believes the “life class” as he calls it, should be taught to every young man, whether there are family violence issues or not.

    Bob just completed the BIPP program in May. He says he knows he has changed and that his wife and kids believe it too. He also says, if people really apply the program they too can change.

    David Almager agrees. “Can these guys change? Sure, they can. It’s a learned behavior. If they can learn to be abusive, they can learn to replace that behavior with something positive. We’ve got to believe that.”

    Some of the abusive behaviors that experts say should not exist in a healthy relationship include: isolating, humiliating or intimidating your partner, forcing your partner to have sex, threats, and name calling.

    If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs in your relationship or know someone who is, experts say there is help available and urge that it is sought out before a family is destroyed.

    Click here to find out more about The Family Place and the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP).

    Read the full article and watch the videos on CBS 11.

  • FOX 4's Steve Noviello talks with Paige Flink about Partners Card and Why it is so Important

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 24, 2012

    On Tuesday, October 24, 2012, Paige Flink sat down with Steve Noviello of FOX 4 News to talk about Partners Card, its importance and where you can get one.

    Watch the Partners Card segment from FOX 4 News.

  • One Courageous Victim Breaks her Silence on Anderson LIVE

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 24, 2012

    On Tuesday, October 23, Anderson Cooper talked with Lisa Holden, who opened up about the dangerous domestic abuse she faced with her husband. She breaks her silence after being held captive, violently beaten and nearly scalped by her husband on Anderson LIVE.

    Lisa (Texas native) has survived the unthinkable. She was married to her husband Joshua for 7 years. They have three children who are 2,3 and 7 years old. The verbal and physical abuse started at the beginning, but got worse as time went on. At first it was just pushing and punching, but over time Joshua started whipping her with wires, stabbing her, shooting her with a pellet gun, hitting her with a baseball bat, and beating her in the head with car jumper cables. Joshua completely isolated Lisa. One day it hit Lisa that she wasn’t going to be able to live through much more of the abuse so she grabbed her two youngest children (the third was being dropped off at school by Joshua) and ran into the woods. She hid there for nearly 3 days. A woman picked her up and took her to the police station. From there she was transported to the hospital where she was treated for her many injuries. Now Joshua’s in prison awaiting trial, and Lisa is attempting to put the pieces of her life back together.

    See the video segment on the Anderson LIVE website.

  • Partners Card Highlighted in D Magazine

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 24, 2012

    The Family Place is celebrating 20 years of shopping and saving lives with its Partners Card fundraiser

    D Magazine
    October 2012

    With 202,423 cards sold, nearly 200,000 clients served and more than 800 past and present Dallas Metroplex participating retailers, The Family Place is celebrating 20 years of shopping and saving lives with its Partners Card fundraiser. The 20th annual Partners Card program, presented by Bank of Texas, will be held Friday, October 26 through Sunday, November 4, 2012.

    The Family Place launched Partners Card in 1993 with only 175 retailers and raised $90,000. Since then, the shopping event has expanded tremendously and raised more than $12.1 million, which has provided domestic violence victims with emergency shelter; counseling; medical care; day care and after-school programs for children; and much more.

    The $70 Partners Cards are available for purchase at any participating business, from a card-selling individual, through direct mail or on The Family Place website. One hundred percent of the $70 purchase is donated to The Family Place, and card holders receive a 20 percent savings at more than 750 participating business during the 10-day shopping extravaganza. Join Co-Chairs Gay Donnell, Kathryn Henry and Dawn Spalding to make the 20th Anniversary even more successful than years past by buying your Partners Card today!

    Read more in D Magazine

  • The Family Place Presents 2012 Men 2 M.A.P.S.

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 11, 2012

    For Immediate Release

    THE FAMILY PLACE PRESENTS 2012 MEN 2 M.A.P.S.
    (Mentor, ADVOCATE, PREVENT and Secure)

    The Family Place presents the first Men 2 M.A.P.S. (Mentor, Advocate, Prevent and Secure) event, proactively involving men to end family violence. The event is sponsored by Methodist Charlton Medical Center and will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9am-12pm at the Methodist Charlton Medical Center Auditorium. Men to M.A.P.S. was developed to help identify men in the community who are willing to serve as mentors and role models in the fight against domestic violence. There will be a follow up dialogue in February 2013.

    This year’s panel will address each attribute of M.A.P.S. and is comprised of the following:

    Mentor: Rev. Kenneth Hollingshed - Pastor, North Park CME Church

    Advocate: Elder Franklin Camp -Vice President of Rehab International Domestic Violence Ministries, The Potter’s House

    Prevention: Guy Earle, LPC -Director of Counseling, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

    Secure: Dr. Michael D. Sneed -Pastor, Loving Fellowship Baptist Church

    Moderator: Glenn Mitchell - MGM Delivery

    “We hope this event raises awareness of the issue of domestic violence, and focuses on the intervention and prevention strategies that men can achieve,” Paige Flink, Executive Director of The Family Place.

    For more information about the event or to register, contact Theresa Little at 214.948.5175 or tlittle@familyplace.org. Spots are filling up quickly, so register today.

  • Mary Kay Nature Explore Classrooms: Mary Kay offers children of domestic violence victims to rise above their circumstances

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 08, 2012

    View excerpts from the article below as well as the link to the full article.

    Mary Kay: Learn-Play-Heal
    October 3, 2012
    by Karyn Reagan

    From the beginning, Mary Kay Ash’s heart was to positively impact the lives of women, removing barriers to their success. She wanted to provide an opportunity for them to have a thriving career without compromising their family time and their faith. On Sept. 13, 1963, Mary Kay Ash launched a cosmetics company exactly one month after her husband lost his battle with cancer. She had $5,000, nine friends and a son committed to helping her start her new endeavor. Mary Kay Inc. is now a $3 billion-per-year company, operating in more than 35 countries with a salesforce of more than 2.4 million women who have their own Mary Kay businesses.

    In the past 49 years, Mary Kay Inc. has given millions of dollars to various organizations and causes to help those in need, according to Crayton Webb, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. In 1996, the Mary Kay Foundation was established as a conduit of funds in support of researching cancers that affected women. In 2000, the Foundation expanded its mission to provide funding for programs that prevented violence against women and raised awareness about domestic violence. While the Foundation draws attention to two causes, Mary Kay Inc. focuses solely on ending domestic violence against women. The motivation for making this cause their focus was the fact that disturbing stories of domestic abuse against consultants and customers started to make their way to the leadership at Mary Kay.

    Making an Impact on the Hearts of Children

    In 2009, Webb and his team were approached by the Arbor Day Foundation with an idea—would Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation be interested in partnering with them to provide Nature Explore Classrooms at domestic abuse shelters? “They had discovered science that proved that children who have witnessed or been victims of domestic abuse respond positively to learning and playing in nature,” Webb says. “When we realized these classrooms were not mere playgrounds, but outdoor centers created where the power of nature can help children learn, play and heal from abuse—and there was nothing else like them in the world—we were thrilled to partner with Arbor Day as sponsors of the classrooms.”

    Webb and his team responded by opening not one but five Nature Explore Classrooms in the first year. “The second year we opened four, the third year we opened another four, for a current total of 17 classrooms, and we are looking at completing four more in 2013,” Webb says. “Right now we are reviewing over 100 applications from shelters all over the country desiring a Nature Explore Classroom on their property.” That is quite a change from the response the first year, when most shelter directors seemed unsure of giving up precious space for an outdoor classroom. But the results have spoken for themselves and shelters are clamoring for an effective way to help the children of the parents using their services.

    The Power of a Safe Place

    The Family Place in Dallas was the first beneficiary of Mary Kay’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Executive Director Paige Flink explains that through its funding of the Nature Classroom at The Family Place, the Mary Kay Foundation has created an environment both for learning and for healing. Children who have witnessed violence often see the world as a terrible place, a place where harm will come to them. Exploring nature and learning about the beauty of the environment will help children understand that living things have value and that there is much to be gained in taking care of the earth.

    Read more in Direct Selling News...The Blog.

  • Read Paige Flink's Opinion Editorial in The Dallas Morning News about the powerful work VAWA has done in Dallas.

    by Judy Hudson | May 31, 2012

    VAWA will be voted on by the full House of Representatives next Wednesday. A "YES" vote on HR 4970 will roll back VAWA protections that have made our community, state and country safer for the last 18 years!

    Click here to read the full article.

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