• New Domestic Violence Shelter for Men in WFAA

    by Emily Roberts | Dec 15, 2015

    New Domestic Violence Shelter for Men in WFAA

    Rebecca Lopez talks with Paige Flink about the growing numbers of men seeking shelter at The Family Place. In light of this need, The Family Place will be opening the first male only shelter in the state of Texas.

    If you need help, please call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 214-941-1991.

  • This is my home because of you

    by Emily Roberts | Dec 10, 2015

    2015 Holidays at The Family Place - This is my home because of you

     

    This holiday season, we hope you know the comfort of a safe and loving home, and we thank you for bringing that gift to 888 women and children who took shelter at our Safe Campus this year.

    In so many ways, the children at The Family Place are just like the children you know, except they want things that many of us take for granted like a safe home. The Family Place not only keeps them safe but also provides comprehensive services and a clear supportive path for them to progress from fear to safety.

    With your generous support today, thousands of children will learn that a home can be safe, love doesn't hurt, and peace can be lasting.

     2015 Holidays at the Family Place - Give Generously

     24-Hour Crisis Hotline:
    214-941-1991

    donations@familyplace.org

    Music Credit: This is my home by Switchfoot

  • Merry Christmas to the clients at The Family Place from Jason Witten and Tony Romo

    by Emily Roberts | Dec 02, 2015

    Merry Christmas to the clients at The Family Place from the Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten and Tony Romo!

    Thank you for providing some holiday cheer to our clients!!

    ‪#‎niceguys

    2015 The Family Place Holiday Party with Jason Witten Tony Romo

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  • Pottery Barn's Give a Little Hope Program benefits The Family Place

    by Emily Roberts | Dec 01, 2015

    It's always the quiet gestures of giving that truly make the holidays meaningful. Pottery Barn's Give a Little Hope program in Dallas will benefit The Family Place. Buy one of the German Glitter Houses and a portion will be given to The Family Place. Happy Shopping!

     

  • The Family Place Receives Grant From Texas Bar Foundation for Legal Services

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 25, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

    Contact: Rahel Tekola
    214-443-7711
    rstekola@familyplace.org

     

    THE FAMILY PLACE RECEIVES GRANT FROM TEXAS BAR FOUNDATION FOR LEGAL SERVICES

    November 25, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Family Place is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. These funds will strengthen our legal services program. 

    Currently, attorneys at The Family Place help clients free of charge with a variety of needs, such as temporary custody orders, divorce and support (spousal and child), custody, visitation and protective orders. This grant will provide legal assistance as well as more advocates for families seeking legal support in civil issues.

    “We are fortunate that the Texas Bar Foundation recognizes the need of our clients and continues to help us carry out our mission of helping families to a path of safety and a life free of violence”, says CEO Paige Flink.

    Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

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    About The Family Place
    The Family Place is one of the first family violence service providers in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    The Family Place now provides the largest number of victim services for in the State of Texas. In 37 years, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its youth program, Be Project, reaches approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs. All the programs are provided in Spanish and in English. For more information, visit www.familyplace.org.

  • Shedding light on consequences of domestic violence in WFAA-TV

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 25, 2015

    Shedding light on consequences of domestic violence

    November 23, 2015
    by Rebecca Lopez
    WFFA-TV

    The numbers are staggering. One hundred thirty-two women were killed in domestic violence cases last year.

    The youngest victim was 16, the oldest victim 90.

    The majority of them were shot.

    News 8 is committed to putting the spotlight on this issue. Estella Segovia survived domestic violence, and shared her story with us.

    "When did the abuse start?” we asked.  She said it began three weeks after she got married.

    For seven years, Estella lived in a private Hell.

    "He hit me, he kicked me in my face when I was on the floor,” she said. “He put a pillow over my face and tried to smother me."

    Her now ex-husband Joseph Buckaloo reigned terror over her life.  A tyrant who controlled her every move.

    "They think abuse is control and getting what you want,” Estella said.

    Tired of the beatings, Estella filed for a protective order and left -- that was in 2012.

    "I started to follow the directions and I got the protective order- within a week he had already violated it at my home."

    Like most domestic violence victims, she lived in fear her ex-husband would find her and kill her.

    Her worst nightmare came true. He showed up at her cousin's house, armed with a gun demanding Estella leave with him.

    For the first time, she told him no. And that proved to be fateful.

    "Once I closed the door and locked it, that's when I heard the cocking of the gun," she said.

    Buckaloo fired dozens of rounds.

    "I started hearing the glass breaking,” Estella said. “Shot after shot after shot is when I really felt it, so surreal like it wasn't happening."

    When the bullets stopped, Estella's cousin, who was also at the home, was shot in the face.

    "I blamed myself for a long time for being there,” Estella said. “She ended up losing her left eye."

    All this after Estella made the decision to leave.

    She was going through counseling at the Family Place.

    Statistics show of the women killed in domestic violence incidents, 75 percent die after leaving.

    More than half die by gunfire.

    "When a batterer realizes he's lost control of his partner, that is when she is in the most danger, especially if you have filed for divorce, served divorce papers or say I am leaving you,” Paige Flink of the Family Place said. “That is when you have to have a safety plan to be able to get out."

    Estella's ex was sentenced to 99 years in prison. She no longer had to look over her shoulder.

    And she encourages other victims to seek help and shelter because she says their lives depend on it.

    Read more at WFAA-TV!

  • Congratulations to Paige Flink for being featurded in D CEO's The Dallas 500

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 25, 2015

    Congratulation to Paige Flink, our CEO at The Family Place, for being featured in D Magazine CEO’s The Dallas 500 publication which celebrates the most influential leaders in North Texas!

    We are glad to have you leading us!

    2016 D Magazine CEO - Paige Flink

  • Thank you to everyone that supported Partners Card!

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 25, 2015

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    We want to take a moment and thank EACH and EVERYONE of YOU who supported Partners Card benefiting The Family Place this year!!!

    You help us save the lives of countless women, men and children who come to The Family Place. From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank you.

    Special thanks go to all of the wonderful retailers, our amazing sponsors, our Retail Sales Liaisons and Community Card Sellers for making 2015 Partners Card possible!

  • The Family Place Announces Opening of the First Male-Only Shelter in Texas

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 21, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

    Contact: Rahel Tekola
    214-443-7711
    rstekola@familyplace.org

    THE FAMILY PLACE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF THE FIRST MALE-ONLY SHELTER IN TEXAS
    Plans to open The Family Place Men’s Shelter in January 2016

    October 21, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Family Place announced plans today for the very first dedicated men’s domestic violence shelter in the state of Texas. To meet the increasing community demand for emergency shelter services for male victims and their children, The Family Place deemed this shelter the necessary next step in its expansion of services.

    The Family Place has spent an average of $20,000 per month this year in hotel costs for sheltering male victims and their children (19 male clients as of September 2015; double the total of 2014). Even with security, transportation and programming restrictions, hotels were the only option available to not only keep female and male clients separate, but also ensure that these men were not turned away when they asked for help. This increase in male victims coming forward is largely due to the successful Dallas Police Department Lethality Assessment Program and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ efforts to increase awareness.

    The Family Place will specifically develop staff and programming for the Men’s Shelter to meet the unique needs of this demographic, including shelter and counseling services for these men and their children.  The majority of the funding for this shelter will come from a new Victims of Crime Act grant, but The Family Place must raise additional funds from the community. 

    “A report being released by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tonight shows the incredible demand for shelter space and other services for victims of domestic violence,” says Paige Flink, Chief Executive Officer of The Family Place. “At The Family Place, we are committed to meeting the need to the best of our ability as long as the financial support from the community is there. We cannot do it without their help.”

    The Family Place plans to open its new Men’s Shelter in January 2016.  Efforts to find the location are ongoing, as it is important to find a space that best serves this population of victims.  The Family Place welcomes recommendations and assistance from the community as it continues its search. This project will develop concurrently with The Family Place Legacy Capital Campaign that will also include 30-36 beds to serve as an overflow emergency shelter when the shelter at The Family Place Safe Campus is full. 

    For more information, please contact Rahel Tekola at 214-443-7711 or rstekola@familyplace.org.

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    About The Family Place
    The Family Place is one of the first family violence service providers in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    The Family Place now provides the largest number of victim services for in the State of Texas. In 37 years, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its youth program, Be Project, reaches approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs. All the programs are provided in Spanish and in English. For more information, visit www.familyplace.org.

  • Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Join Us to PutTheRingInIt

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 07, 2015

    We are excited to have the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders join The Family Place to ‪#‎PutTheNailInIt‬ by rocking the purple nail polish!

    Together we can end domestic violence! ‪#‎dvam‬ #putthenailinit ‪#‎gopurple‬ ‪#‎endviolence

    Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders PutaNailinit

  • Moody Foundation gives $5 million to The Family Place

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 07, 2015

    Moody Foundation gives $5 million to The Family Place

    by Holly Haber
    October 1, 2015
    The Dallas Morning News

    The Moody Foundation has donated $5 million to the The Family Place as the cornerstone of a $13 million capital campaign to establish a new counseling center and emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

    “It’s the largest single donation we have ever received in the history of the Family Place,” said Paige Flink, executive director, as she announced the gift and campaign at the organization’s Texas Trailblazer Award Luncheon on Thursday at the Hilton Anatole.

    The nonprofit group has secured a building on 2.5 acres in the Medical District and will begin renovations in March, Flink said. The 40,000-square-foot facility will have 40 beds for female victims and their children and will also have room for counseling, job training, play therapy, anti-bullying youth education, a child development center and a 24-hour hotline. The Family Place’s existing safe campus, which houses 110 beds, will continue to operate, she noted.

    “We thought we would never need more space,” Flink said. “But Dallas has grown and evolved and this issue has changed, and more people are getting help because they are aware of our services.”

    The new center will be named Ann Moody Place in honor of the mother of Frances "Francie" Moody-Dahlberg, a trustee of the Moody Foundation.

    "My heart is touched when I think of the legacy of rebuilt hopes, restored futures and simple dreams of safety that Family Place has given to so many women in Dallas," Moody-Dahlberg said.

    Raising the remaining $8 million of The Family Place Legacy Campaign is "nerve-racking," Flink said, "but we are so sure that it's the right thing to do."

    Read the full article at DallasNews.com.

  • The Family Place Announces $13 Million Capital Campaign

    by Judy Hudson | Oct 01, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Rahel Tekola
    972-971-3671
    rstekola@familyplace.org  

    Ramona Logan
    214-882-2451
    ramona@rlimageadvantage.com 

    THE FAMILY PLACE ANNOUNCES $13-MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
    For 40,000 sq. ft. Central Dallas Counseling Center

    October 1, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Family Place announced plans for a $13- million capital campaign to turn a recently purchased building into a 40,000 square foot Central Dallas Counseling Center. The announcement was made today during The Family Place’s 20th Trailblazer Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

    The Central Dallas Counseling Center will allow The Family Place to house expanded victim counseling services and its administrative offices in a location easily accessible by bus and rail. This includes providing space for domestic violence victims and their children to receive therapeutic counseling and case management, as well as the Dignity at Work job training program that assists in financial empowerment, the Be Project youth bullying and violence prevention education program, and an on-site child development center.

    "The Family Place Legacy Campaign – Building Hope for the Future, will allow us to do just that for our clients," said Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink. "With more space, we plan to use the design and planning phase for the building to develop innovative ways to utilize technology to benefit the domestic violence community as well as increasing program services to help victims become victorious survivors."

    The Family Place utilized client focus groups to determine what is needed in the new facility. To meet the increasing community demand for emergency shelter beds, the new facility will include an emergency shelter with 40 beds. This will be in addition to The Family Place Safe Campus emergency shelter that has 110 beds and constantly operates at capacity. The new facility will also have an on-site kennel so clients who are forced to flee their homes do not have to leave their pets behind.

    "One of the most important components of this construction effort will be the ability to specifically design spaces to expand our children's counseling program," explained Paige Flink as she addressed the Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon crowd. "Children are greatly affected by witnessing violence in the home and, without intervention, can suffer a lifetime of issues related to those experiences. This new facility will allow us to create specially designed play-therapy rooms with observation areas, multiple activity rooms where children can be placed in age-appropriate groups, and the ability to provide dinner meals to children while their mothers are in counseling. We want to make sure this new facility has a positive impact on these most vulnerable victims of family violence."

    The building will include a centralized hotline/call center to efficiently place clients in shelters or schedule counseling appointments in our multiple locations. The Family Place is exploring the possibility of having a centralized community-wide intake phone number for domestic violence victims to call. This way, when shelters are full, victims won’t have to call several shelters to find a place to stay, the hotline can help them find the closest available location.

    "The expanded space will help us to better prepare our clients to start new lives by expanding our training and education rooms," added Flink. "We will be able to have a client computer lab in the new facility that will allow us to empower clients with hard and soft job-skills programming and certificate and employment training, as well as providing collaboration with organizations like the Dallas County Community College District, Per Scholas and other job training programs."

    The Family Place plans to raise the $13 million by December 2016 and start renovations by March 2016. To find out more about The Family Place Legacy Campaign and how to donate, visit www.familyplace.org.

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    About The Family Place: In 1978, a group of community volunteers organized The Family Place as one of the first family violence service organizations in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    In 1978, a group of community volunteers organized The Family Place as one of the first family violence service organizations in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    Started as a grass-roots organization, The Family Place now provides the largest number of victim services in the State of Texas. In 37 years, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its youth program, Be Project, reaches approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs. All the programs are provided in Spanish and in English. www.familyplace.org

  • Watch Christina Coultas & Courtney Butts on Plugged in to DFW

    by Emily Roberts | Sep 15, 2015

    Watch Christina Coultas & Courtney Butts on CBS DFW Plugged in to DFW

    Learn more about our organization and why you should give this Thursday for North Texas Giving Day!!

    2015 TFP on Plugged into DFW

  • Watch Christina Coultas on Fox News 4 respond to Cowboys signing Greg Hardy

    by Emily Roberts | Mar 18, 2015
    Christina Coultas, Sr Director of Community Collaboration at The Family Place, was on FOX 4 News Wednesday, March 18 at 9pm to talk about Greg Hardy signing with the Dallas Cowboys. 


    Click here to watch the video clip -http://www.fox4news.com/clip/11252710/domestic-violence-shelter-director-talks-greg-hardy-domestic-violence!

  • TFP CEO Paige Flink responds to Cowboys interest in Greg Hardy

    by Emily Roberts | Mar 18, 2015
    What participants at Dallas Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women think about Cowboys interest in Greg Hardy

    March 18, 2015
    by David Moore
    The Dallas Morning News

    Greg Hardy’s visit with the Cowboys should wrap up later today.

    Also scheduled to wrap up later today is the 10thAnnual Conference on Crimes Against Women.

    The three-day conference is taking place in a hotel in downtown Dallas just miles away from where the Cowboys host Hardy. The defensive end’s history of violence – his conviction for assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend was recently overturned when the accuser failed to appear for trial – is the sort of story used to help educate law enforcement, advocates, medical personnel and others on the issues surrounding domestic abuse.

    Paige Flink is the CEO of The Family Place shelter. She said the allegations against Hardy sound damaging but stressed they didn’t ultimately result in a conviction. If the club does sign Hardy, she suggests the Cowboys make him attend batterer’s intervention and prevention classes as a condition of employment.

    “People can change,’’ Flink said.

    The Genesis Women’s Shelter, along with the Dallas Police Department, sponsors this conference. Jan Langbein, the CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter, said it takes more than winning to make a football team successful. She said the city wants to be proud of the Cowboys and stated they can do better than signing someone with a background of violence.

    Langbein emphasized the need for zero tolerance regardless of wealth or status and questioned if Hardy would be hired if he wasn’t a high-profile professional athlete.

    “There shouldn’t be an exception no matter who you are,’’ she said. “Are we that easily bought?’’

    Read the full article at dallasnews.com.

  • 13 Incredible Things You Have Done

    by Emily Roberts | Mar 04, 2015

    Why The Family Place? Because we will never give up.

    We wanted to share and celebrate what you made possible in 2014. Together, we provided 11,523 clients with 164,672 hours of service. One thing's for sure - we will never give up until all victims can lead a life free from violence. Standing together with you, we are an unwavering force to end this epidemic.

    2014 At A Glance - The Family Place Annual Report

    Thank you for being part of the solution to end family violence.

    Give Now to The Family Place

  • In Memory of Ronnie Berg

    by Emily Roberts | Feb 24, 2015

    We honor the passing of a dear friend to The Family Place, Ronnie Berg. We have had the pleasure of working with Ronnie for many years and will miss his smile, his charm and his commitment to women and children in need. 

    Paige Flink says, "Thank you, Ronnie, for sharing yourself with so many of us in the non-profit world. You will be missed."

    http://mysweetcharity.com/ 2015/02/ a-passing-ronnie-berg/


    In Memory of Ronnie Berg, Friend of The Family Place

  • Fifty Shades turns off domestic-violence advocates

    by Emily Roberts | Feb 16, 2015

    'Fifty Shades’ turns off domestic-violence victim advocates, who push for boycott

    February 13, 2015
    by Jennifer Emily
    The Dallas Morning News

    The new movie Fifty Shades of Grey is generating heavy discussion among domestic violence victim advocates.

    But their chatter isn’t about the quality of the film, whether it’s sexy or whether the lead actors hate each other. Anti-domestic violence groups say the movie and the book it’s based on portray an unhealthy and dangerous relationship.

    “It has all the hallmarks of intimate partner abuse,” said Paige Flink, CEO of the Family Place shelter in Dallas. “It glorifies all the things we’re against.”

    The anti-Fifty Shades sentiment has launched a nationwide effort to donate $50 to a domestic violence shelter instead of seeing the movie. The movement sparked #50DollarsNot50Shades and #50ShadesIsAbuse on Twitter and Facebook.

    As far away as London, the film drew harsh criticism. At its premiere there on Thursday, protesters carried banners that read “50 Shades is Domestic Abuse.”

    Safe Haven, Tarrant County’s shelter, sent an email to its supporters about boycotting the movie and donating to shelters instead. The head of the nonprofit could not be reached Friday.

    Flink said the Family Place had received two donations as of early Friday. But she hasn’t heavily promoted the movement, she said, because she didn’t want to give more publicity to a movie that’s expected to break records. She did post about the boycott on the Family Place’s Facebook page.

    Fifty Shades follows mousy English literature major Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) as she interviews dashing young business magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for her college newspaper. Christian tries to entice Anastasia into becoming his sexual submissive, wooing her with expensive gifts, rides in his Grey Enterprises helicopter and steamy bedroom encounters.

    A recent Los Angeles Times story about criticism of the film described it as less explicit than the book. The movie’s sex scenes arrive after a long buildup between the characters and are as close to pornography made for women as those in any cinema, with breathy Beyoncé songs, flattering lighting and frequent shots of Dornan’s bare chest and rear, according to the Times.

    In an interview with the California newspaper, director Sam Taylor-Johnson indicated she walked a line in shooting and editing some of the film’s rougher sex scenes.

    “Even though this relationship is about dominance and submission, I wanted to have it be an equal journey,” she said. “So it was a fragile balance. I think that was because of my perspective of keeping an eye on the politics of it. It’s difficult because you’re dealing with power, submission, empowerment and the journey of sexual discovery.”

    Flink, who said she hasn’t seen the movie and read only part of the book, said “maybe the movie shows how much pain” Anastasia is in, but she doubts it.

    Reviews for Fifty Shades have been overwhelmingly negative. The Dallas Morning News’ Chris Vognar gave the film a C- and said it was more tedious than tawdry.

    Read the full article on Dallasnews.com.

  • Grammys take a stand on domestic violence last night

    by Emily Roberts | Feb 09, 2015

    Grammys take a stand on domestic violence last night at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards

    President Obama Interrupted The Grammys To Make A Statement More Remarkable Than Any Award Or Dress

    This was how the #grammys started last night with the focus on violence against women. The President calls for artists to take a stand and speak out to stop it with their influence.

    http://www.upworthy.com/president-obama-interrupted-the-grammys-to-make-a-statement-more-remarkable-than-any-award-or-dress?c=ufb1

    Meet Brooke Axtell, the Domestic Survivor Who Performed With Katy Perry at the Grammys

    http://time.com/3700400/grammys-2015-brooke-axtell-katy-perry/

  • Watch this powerful Super Bowl Sunday ad - It's up to us to listen!

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 30, 2015

    NFL's domestic violence Super Bowl spot: 'It's up to us to listen'

    January 27, 2015
    by Chris Isidore
    CNN Money

    The National Football League is running an ad during the Super Bowl addressing the issue that's been dogging it all year: Domestic Violence.

    The somber spot, produced by the domestic violence advocacy group NoMore.org, is a stark contrast to the Super Bowl's traditionally humorous ads.

    It shows a home that's obviously been the scene of a struggle, with broken pictures and a hole punched in the wall.

    The soundtrack is a woman calling 911 but pretending to order a pizza in order not to anger her attacker. At first the male 911 operator tries to get her off the phone. Then he realizes she needs help but can't speak because her attacker is in the room. He tells her police are about a minute away and asks her to stay on the line but she hangs up.

    "When it's hard to talk, it's up to us to listen," say words that appear at the bottom of the screen.

    Read the full article at CNNMoney.com.