• Galleria Dallas does its part to boost Partners Card success

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

    Galleria Dallas does its part to boost Partners Card success

    October 20, 2013
    by Diana Oates
    CultureMap Dallas

    Dallas shoppers are giddy as school girls this time of year, when the Partners Card comes to town for 10 days to help us save on early holiday purchases while supporting the Family Place. Now is the time to buy them, and Galleria Dallas is the place.

    A longtime supporter of the Partners Card program, Galleria Dallas is doing a little extra this year to help. There are overachievers in every group, and, in this case, they are welcomed and appreciated.

    Starting October 18, the Galleria will donate an additional $5 to the Family Place for every card sold at one of its retailers. Dozens of Galleria stores participate in the Partners Card program, including Thomas Pink, Karen Millen, Michael Kors, Bachendorf’s and many others.

    “This year, we wanted our donation to be felt by thousands of families,” said Galleria Dallas director of marketing Martha Hinojosa in a statement. “Every $5 donation we’re able to make results in two additional meals for a child while in safe shelter.”

    Now before you go running to one of the more than 700 participating retailers and restaurants around Dallas, remember that just because the Partners Card is available for purchase doesn't mean it's ready for action quite yet. The 20 percent discount doesn't start until October 25 and runs through November 3.

    Partners Card is the largest fundraiser for the Family Place. All proceeds from $70 card go directly to the Family Place to support its mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, advocacy, and assistance for victims and their families.

    Read more at CultureMapDallas.

  • 14 Suggestion for Partners Card Bargain Hunters

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

    Shopping time: 14 suggestions for Partners Card bargain hunters

    October 18, 2013
    by Nancy Baldwin
    The Dallas Morning News

    It’s the time of year seasoned shoppers in Dallas anticipate for months. No, not Black Friday, but Partners Card. Veteran bargain-hunters have the Oct. 25 launch date of the annual shopping event marked with a bold X on their calendars.

    The popular Partners Card bestows on its owners a 20 percent discount on purchases made at participating stores. The card provides an opportunity for area shoppers to spruce up their homes for the holidays and beyond. Even better, 100 percent of the card’s $70 cost benefits the Family Place, a charitable organization dedicated to eliminating family violence.

    “It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season. It gets people in the spirit, and that’s infectious,” says Laura May, owner of the Ivy House in Dallas. “Partners Card is a wonderful opportunity for people to buy new things to enhance their homes. They have the opportunity to buy things that have lasting value, things that never go on sale.”

    If last year’s event was an indicator, shoppers will take advantage of the discount to purchase accessories for fall and winter entertaining.

    “People are buying for the holidays. It’s accessories for the table. It’s dinnerware sets, new linens, placemats, stemware — all the things they’re going to entertain with,” says May.

    The Snider Plaza store owner says this year, home fashion has taken a less formal approach. “The trend is going to a more casual look. I don’t mean inexpensive. Yet, it has the look and feel that it doesn’t require a coat and tie to sit down at the table.”

    Partners Card shoppers will see tabletop accessories, dinnerware and stemware accented with silver elements rather than gold, some with organic or rustic accents.

    “There will always be some gold. But there are new lines with pewter and silver that have come out. There are alternative metals that are alloys. Some are very versatile. You can get the artistic look in a silver metal and not be traditional sterling,” says May.

    Timed to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Partners Card event runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 3. Cards may be purchased at Dallas-area Tom Thumb stores, from community volunteers or at select participating stores. For a list of the more than 750 Partners Card stores and restaurants, go to partnerscard.org.

    Read full article at Dallasnews.com.

  • Congratulations to our Be Project

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013
    Congratulations to our Be Project team for taking third place in the professional division of the VetoViolence Teen Dating Violence PSA Contest!

    Watch their entry - Lip Dub - on their YouTube page (link below)!

    Learn more about Be Project at www.familyplacebeproject.org!

    #teendatingviolence #psa

  • Thank You BCBS of Texas

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013
    Thank you so much Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas! Your generous donation to our clinic will help so many women and children at The Family Place Safe Campus.

    We continue to help these victims with the unwavering support of our community. #thankful

    Thank you BCBS

  • Take the Next Step Training Camp - Session 3 - Training to be a Coach

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013
    It's time for Session Three of Training Camp: Training To Be A Coach!

    How to Talk to Athletes
    Presenter: Jeff Johnson, Director of Athletics, Dallas ISD

    Be an Active Bystander - Strategies for Success
    Presenter: David Almager, The Family Place

    October 24, 2013 | 6-8:30PM

    Union Coffee (Refreshments will be provided)

    Learn more at http:// www.familyplace.org/ take-the-next-step-training -camp!

    Training Camp Session 3
  • Mayor Mike Rawlings Campaign to End Abuse in The Dallas Morning News

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

    Editorial: Mayor Rawlings’ campaign to stop domestic violence goes on

    October 15, 2013

    The domestic violence epidemic that Mayor Mike Rawlings declared war on after a brutal January slaying at a Dallas parking garage has hardly disappeared. But the numbers this year show a slight slowdown in domestic violence cases in Dallas.

    Dallas police have investigated a reported 7,749 incidents in the first nine months of 2013. That’s down from 7,848 in the same nine months of 2012.

    Of course, we have no idea how many cases have not been reported. And the real goal is to stop abuse altogether. That’s the aim of the Rawlings-led campaign, which the mayor continues to emphasize.

    Launching a crusade is one thing, but follow-through counts. To Rawlings’ credit, he’s working with police, shelter officials, prosecutors and others to stay focused on this effort. He also has named City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates to lead a domestic violence task force.

    Similarly, police are prosecuting more attackers this year. They have filed 3,411 cases, up from 2,974 last year. That increase shows more victims are willing to file charges. That can be difficult because of fear of retribution or the trauma of naming a family member, but victims are courageously taking that step.

    Police also are using new techniques to stop perpetrators. For instance, officers are leaving their cellphone numbers with victims in case a batterer returns immediately after an investigation. In at least one case, that small step has already made a big difference in keeping a woman safe.

    On another front, Dallas County felony court judges, led by state District Judge Rick Magnis, are beginning to expedite domestic violence cases. Their goal is to try cases involving abuse suspects within six months of an indictment if the alleged attacker shows a risk for future violence. Experts contend the quicker a case goes to trial for a likely repeat offender, the more likely that person will receive the kind of intervention that will stop him from battering again.

    As encouraging as these developments are, the domestic violence scourge is far from eradicated. So Rawlings’ next effort involves trying to change the kind of family culture that tolerates domestic violence. The mayor will ask those who attend and participate in nine Dallas ISD football games next month to sign a pledge not to hit women. “If you want to be a big man on campus, you can’t hit women,” the mayor said during a recent news conference.

    These efforts can’t bring back Karen Cox Smith, whose estranged husband killed her in that Dallas garage on Jan. 8. But it’s reassuring this campaign continues. For her sake and those of other victims, Dallas can’t relent.

    Big man on campus

    Male attendees at nine DISD football games Nov. 7 and 8 will be asked to sign a pledge not to abuse women. The pledge will be available at DallasMenAgainstAbuse.com.

    Thirty-second public service announcements will run during the games and explain why violence against women is not acceptable.

    Local leaders, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, will make appearances to emphasize the pledge.

    The school with the most signed pledges will win a prize.

     Read more at Dallasenews.com.

  • Partners Cards are now on sale - The Dallas Morning News

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

    Family Place Partners Cards are on sale now

    October 15, 2013
    by Robert Miller
    The Dallas Morning News


    After a record-breaking year in 2012, The Family Place is preparing for another successful shopping extravaganza with Partners Card 2013 presented by Bank of Texas.

    The annual 10-day fundraiser benefits The Family Place, one of the state’s longest-serving providers working against family violence.

    Each Partners Card costs $70, and from Oct. 25 through Nov. 3, cardholders get 20 percent savings at more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants in the Dallas area.

    Participating retailers are in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano and Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Coppell, Flower Mound, Denton, Colleyville, Las Colinas, Irving, Mesquite, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville.

    All of the money raised from selling Partners Cards benefits The Family Place.

    Last year, The Family Place sold 14,600 cards that raised $1,115,854. In 20 years, the card has raised more than $13 million.

    Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman are the Partners Card 2013 co-chairs. Mother-daughter duo Beth Rafferty and Shay Geyer are the honorary co-chairs.

    “To be part of this year’s Partners Card is such an exciting and humbling experience,” Cail said, and proceeds will help family violence victims by providing emergency shelter, counseling, medical care, day care and afterschool programs for children, as well as technical and life skills for adults.

    Partners Card 2013 sponsors include:

    $25,000-$34,999: Audi Dallas, Goodson Acura of Dallas and Ylang|23.

    $15,000-$24,999: The Container Store, Galleria Dallas and NorthPark Center.

    $10,000-$14,999: Mary Kay Inc.

    $7,500-$9,999: IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Inwood Village, Tom Thumb and Traffic Los Angeles.

    $5,000-$6,499, Bachendorf’s, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, Modia, St. Bernard Sports, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants and Opal Sponsors.

    $3,000-$4,449: Adrift Float Spa, All Vac, Black Lab Creative, Brynn Bagot Public Relations, Dave & Buster’s, Lovers Boutique, Mockingbird Station, Peacock Alley, Penelope Ann, The Shops at Legacy, West Village, RBC Wealth Management and StarPower.

    Goodson Acura of Dallas will offer 10 percent off MSRP toward the purchase of all remaining 2013 TSX models. Goodson Acura of Dallas and Audi of Dallas will also offer 20 percent discount on service and parts.

    There will also be two ride and drive events to benefit the program. The Audi Dallas Ride & Drive event will be Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NorthPark Center, and the Goodson Acura Ride & Drive event will take place at the Shops at Legacy from 12 noon to 5 p.m. the same day.

    For every ride, Goodson Acura of Dallas and Audi of Dallas will give $10 to the Family Place.

    Galleria Dallas will also contribute $5 per Partners Card sold through Galleria retailers.

    Individuals can buy a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, direct mail or The Family Place website. For more information, visit partnerscard.org, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214-443-7754 or email partnerscard@familyplace.org.

    Read more at Dallasnews.com.

  • Partners Card is Scout of the Day

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

    Partners Card benefiting The Family Place is SO thrilled to be The Scout Guide Dallas Scout of the Day! THANK YOU so much! Check out our amazing spread!

     The Scout Guide Dallas

  • Thanks D Magazine for including us in Links We Love!

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

     Thanks D Magazine for including us in Links We Love!

    Bring in your gently used beauty products to Renee Rouleau Skin Care and they’ll be passed along to the domestic violence survivors of The Family Place. If you don’t have lotions and potions to spare, buy a jar of Glow Enhancing Cream anytime this month and 10 percent of its proceeds also benefit The Family Place!


  • Texas Council on Family Violence Hold Press Conference to Release 2012 Statistics

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013
    114 women were killed in domestic violence murders in 2012.

    102 women were killed in 2011.

    30 women were killed in Harris County, the highest numbers of domestic violence murders of any county in Texas. There were 38,490 incidents of domestic violence reported in Harris County and an estimated 65,433 incidents went unreported.

    Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) Honors Texas Victims at Press Conference

    *October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • 3 Domestic Violence Survivors on The Broadcast TV

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013
    Suzie Humphreys sits down with 3 Domestic Violence Survivors, including Connie Nash on The Broadcast TV on Thursday, October 10!

  • Partners Card: The ONLY Sale Where You Truly Save

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013
    Partners Card benefiting The Family Place: The ONLY Sale Where You Truly Save

    Buy a card, save 20% at 750+ retailers and restaurants, and help victims of family violence!

    2013 Partners Card 

  • Shop for A Cause at Tod's

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

    Shop For a Cause at Tod’s

    Who doesn’t like a great excuse to shop?

    Stop by Tod's at NorthPark Center on Thursday, October 10 starting at 11:30 am to shop til you drop and a portion on the afternoon’s sales will go to The Family Place! To sweeten the deal, Tod’s will be debuting their newest fall handbag, the Sella, which is a two-tone bag inspired by Equestrian style and saddles. 


    Our Executive Director Paige Flink thanking the 2013 chairs for all their hard work this year at Tod's in NorthPark Center!

  • Help Us Throw the Kids A Halloween Party!

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

     Halloween Party

     Help us throw the kids a HALLOWEEN Party!

    We are looking for donations of:
    *Costumes (infant-6th grade)
    *Treat baskets/bags
    *Party treats

    Donations are needed no later than Monday, October 28.

    If you would like to make a donation, please contact Greg Bosworth at volunteer@familyplace.org. 

  • Mayor Mike Rawlings Mayor Mike Rawlings Renew Campaign to Curb Domestic Violence

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

    Dallas mayor, county leaders renew campaign to curb domestic violence

    October 8, 2013
    by Rebecca Lopez

    DALLAS –– While many domestic violence cases come with patterns, history and a police record, the tragedy of Esmeralda Gonzalez had none of those. 

    According to a Dallas police incident report, the 34-year-old was shot dead by her boyfriend on Monday night. He killed himself before police arrived. Advocates say Gonzalez may be one of many domestic violence victims who suffered in silence.

    "It happens behind closed doors but those behaviors are things other people have seen,” said Paige Flink, a director of the Dallas-based shelter The Family Place.

    In most cases, Flink says someone knows it's happening, which is why Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to do more to get people to speak up.

    Rawlings says he was stunned when he learned the number of women abused every year in Dallas. In 2013, more than 7,000 will be abused. 

    “I didn't know about it, I felt embarrassed as a man not knowing about it,” he said. “So I shamed myself as a man and called on men to step up on this issue."

    Earlier this year, Rawlings launched a city imitative meant to curb domestic violence. In March, more than 5,000 people attended an open-air rally at City Hall to denounce the epidemic.

    Now, Dallas Police Chief David Brown and County District Attorney Craig Watkins are working on a better system to hold abusers accountable.

    “We need to raise our level of responsiveness, raise our level of accountability to these women and raise our level of case filings and arrest those who are wanted for this,” Watkins said.

    Dallas police officers are now doing lethality assessments at every domestic violence call to see how critical the situation is.

    Officers now “identify high risk victims and high risk perpetrators and do something different in our court systems,” Brown said.

    Police are working with the DA’s office and judges to hold suspects in jail longer and move cases through the system quicker to get abusers into counseling faster. It won't save everyone, like Esmeralda Gonzales, but advocates say they can intervene and save many others. 

    Rawlings’ imitative has also spread to the Dallas Independent School District, which is fighting domestic violence under the Friday night lights. On Nov. 7 and 8, the district will interrupt 20 of its halftime shows to ask young men to take a pledge against domestic abuse.

    “The fact that we have this type of venue to reach so many people (about) not hitting women,” said Athletic Director Jeff Johnson. “Be a man. Stand up.” 

    Johnson became emotional when speaking about what the initiative means to him. He said he has two daughters, one of whom is not yet married. 

    “It's my goal as a father that she find that individual that will not hit her or abuse her but will love and nourish her,” he said. 

    Among those supporting the efforts is former Baltimore Raven cornerback Chris Johnson. His sister Jennifer was shot and killed by her estranged boyfriend in Fort Worth. Johnson says men need to police themselves.

    “Until you make that decision that I am not going to put my hand on a woman you are not going to change,” Johnson said. “So it really starts with the man. Period."

    The youngest victim of domestic violence In Texas was a 15-year-old girl murdered by her boyfriend. Advocates say to sideline abuse officials must start young. 

    “We are going to have a call to action each young man in the audience is going to take,” Rawlings said.

     Read more at WFAA.

  • Mayor Mike Rawlings Honored for his Outstanding Efforts

    by User Not Found | Oct 29, 2013
    VIDEO: Watch Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) President honor Mayor Mike Rawlings for his outstanding efforts to rally thousands of men to stand up and speak out against domestic violence! 
  • October is National Domestic Awareness Month

    by User Not Found | Oct 29, 2013

    October is National Domestic Violence Month. The purple ribbon is the unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence.

    October is National Domestic Awareness Month 


    The Texas Council on Family Violence announced on October 3 that 114 women were killed in Texas in 2012 at the hands of an intimate partner. In Honoring Texas Victims – Family Violence Fatalities in 2012 , read the stories of 114 Texas women.

  • Thank You for Being A Connection To End Abuse

    by Emily Roberts | Sep 27, 2013

    2013 TexasTrailblazer Awards

    Thank you for Being The Connection To End Abuse!

    Special thanks to all our attendees, our guest speaker Cynthia Lowen, Honorary Chairs Sheila and Jody Grant, Event Chairs Barbara and Steve Durham & Julie and Steve Rado, the Host Commitee, the 2013 Award Receipents and all our 2013 sponsors!

    2013 TTA  Sponsors

    2013 TTA Sponsors

  • Partners Card featured in The Scout Guide Dallas

    by Emily Roberts | Sep 23, 2013

    The Only Save Where You Truly Save

    The Family Place is so excited that 2013 Partners Card is featured in The Scout Guide Dallas. 100% of your Partners Card purchase goes directly to helping victims of family violence.

    Visit partnerscard.org today to purchase your card!

    2013 Partners Card in The Scout Guide Dallas

  • Online sales for 2013 Texas Trailblazer Awards end today!

    by Emily Roberts | Sep 19, 2013

    Online sales for the 2013 Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon end today!

    Be the Connection to End Abuse
    Can cruel words really kill? The answer, unfortunately, is yes.

    The focus for this year's Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon is to raise awareness on how bullying can lead to a cycle of domestic violence. We welcome Cynthia Lowen, writer and producer of the award-winning "Bully," a feature documentary exposing the hidden lives of bullied children, as this year's guest speaker.

    Join us next Thursday, September 26 at the Omni Hotel Downtown Dallas!

    2013 Texas Trailblazer Award Recipients
    Gloria Campos - Texas Trailblazer Award
    Darlene Blakey - Real-Life Hero Award
    Kimberly-Clark - Advocacy Award   
    Hannah Hinton & Karim Bryant - Youth Service Award & Scholarship

    Seats are limited so buy your tickets online today!

    For more information,contact Tess Nordick at texastrailblazers@familyplace.org! 

    The Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon raises funds to support the comprehensive programs of The Family Place and to ensure that life-saving services will be available to women victims and their innocent children for years to come.