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  • Dallas to Ready to Battle Domestic Violence

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 22, 2013

    Police will prioritize warrants for repeat and dangerous domestic violence offenders, city officials announce

    by Sarah Mervosh

    In the city’s latest move to combat domestic violence, Dallas police will now prioritize serving arrest warrants to repeat offenders and to abusers of victims believed to be in imminent danger.

    Prioritizing arrest warrants for abusers who are flagged as particularly dangerous was one change announced Thursday afternoon at a city hall press conference. The chair of the city’s domestic violence task force, councilwoman Delia Jasso, said the city is working with Dallas police and local shelters to make changes to decrease domestic violence.

    Other plans included launching a more aggressive awareness campaign and implementing a domestic violence related program in Dallas schools.

    These announcements come just days after Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings held his own press conference to address the issue. They also come the week after a former school security guard allegedly shot and killed his wife as she left work after years of documented domestic problems.

    “We’ve always known that domestic violence is a big problem in our city,” Jasso said. “But within the last few weeks and even the last few days, we’ve seen the number of cases and victims rise at an alarming rate.”

    Deputy Chief Sherryl Scott said police have already begun working to serve warrants still outstanding.

    Police will use additional manpower, such as a special task force that addresses problem areas, to help address the backlog. Officers will use lethality assessments – 11 yes-or-no questions asked during domestic violence calls to ascertain whether the call is high-risk – to help determine which warrants to prioritize, she said.

    “We are going to do everything we can to get those warrants served as quickly as we can,” she said.

    In order for this to be effective, Jasso said officials will need to work closely with victims so police can get the information they need to make an arrest and so prosecutors can build an effective case.

    Jasso also announced a more aggressive awareness campaign to give victims and families the resources they need to get help. That includes reaching out to places of worship and extending outreach beyond domestic violence awareness month.

    Anti-domestic violence billboards will run more often and more consistently. They’ll also offer hotline phone numbers as a resource, Jasso said.
    “That seems to be the quickest way to help someone,” she said.

    Jasso also announced a Dallas police program called “Blue in School,” which is meant to help children feel more comfortable reporting domestic violence and also end the cycle of violence. That program is in the planning stage, Scott said.

    Jasso encouraged victims to seek help.

    “We need to know who you are to get you the help you need,” she said. “One time you’re hit is one time too many.”

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    Watch New Dallas Initiatives To Battle Domestic Violence from CBS-Dallas.

  • CultureMap Dallas Sums Up Why Mike Rawlings Was Right to Call Out Dallas Men

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 15, 2013

    Why Mike Rawlings was right to call out Dallas men regarding domestic violence

    by Eric Celeste
    January 15, 2013
    CultureMap Dallas

    It was 7:30 am when Mayor Mike Rawlings called Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place. It was the day after the high-profile murder of Karen Cox Smith at UT Southwestern, and Rawlings was deeply troubled by the facts of the case. Especially that Smith’s husband, her accused killer, had a warrant issued for his arrest three weeks earlier but had not been arrested.

    “He was very sincere, very distraught,” Flink says. “He just wanted to know, ‘What should we do?’ Because he felt he had to do something.”

    Which led to yesterday’s press conference, in which the mayor promised support to help police combat domestic violence and chastised men to stop friends and family members from committing partner abuse.

    JFloyd gets it exactly right in her column this morning in which she admits wondering about Rawlings’ sincerity before the news conference began. She notes that she was initially cynical about his message (basically, men need to do more to stop friends and family from committing spousal abuse) and the details of his plan to combat this (100 more officers serving domestic violence warrants, plus a commission to determine how to change the culture of silence surrounding spousal abuse).

    I was too. It struck me beforehand as an empty gesture. But after watching Rawlings’ emotional pleas to Dallas men, and after talking to Flink, whose nonprofit for 35 years has helped the victims of family abuse, I’m convinced the mayor’s efforts are not only heartfelt but also worthwhile.

    If Police Chief David Brown says 100 more officers targeting domestic violence cases will help, I believe him. His oversight of the city as crime has continued to fall means he’s earned enough respect and trust to give him these resources.

    The emotional part of Rawlings’ speech came when he addressed men directly. He said it was “our fault” that spousal abuse is a continued blight on our city. And he challenged men to be man enough to do something to stop friends or family members whom we suspect are committing such crimes.

    Flink says she spent time over the weekend working with Rawlings’ speechwriter as needed, but that the more they dove into it, the more Rawlings took control of the speech and made it his own. He specifically wanted to scold men to do more in seeking out clues that could shed light on domestic problems before they escalate, as so many do.

    “He really thinks men can help do something about this, and I agree,” Flink says. “Only men can stop other men. The Family Place was started by women, and we help many people in need. But men must stand up to those they think might be hurting women. We see it all the time. They think it’s not their place. But it is their place.”

    Changing attitudes won’t be easy. For one, the scope of the problem is hard to define. Spend any time searching for updated statistics on domestic violence, and you’ll see there aren’t many, and there are none that suggest authoritative certainty. (Are there 600,000 or 6 million victims a year?) But most studies suggest that three out of four people will know someone affected by such violence, and therefore it seems worth trying to reach them.

    Another problem is in changing cultures. Most of those studies will show a link between class and spousal abuse — the poorer you are, often the less educated you are, and the less educated cling to the feelings of power and control such actions provide.

    But that also means that some in higher economic brackets may wrongly feel as though they don't need to be drafted in this war. As Steve Eagar, Channel 4 news anchor, put it in an oddly defensive Facebook post:

    I just don't think 'friends and buddies' know. Not something you share with your golfing buddy. The idea of the news conference was right, the accusatory nature of it seemed weird. I want to see the stats.

    Really? Because the only stat I need to see is from Flink’s editorial, in which she said they turned away more than 700 women in 2011 at The Family Place because their beds were full.

    Of course, Eagar’s post generated more than 30 comments, including from women who’d been abused and whose friends and family knew but did nothing. Because it’s more prevalent than you think, which was the mayor’s point, which is why his sincerity and openness about this issue should be taken seriously. Especially by those of us who were callous enough to doubt him in the first place.

    Read the full article on CultureMap Dallas.

  • Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings calls on Dallas men to stop domestic violence

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 14, 2013

    Mayor Mike Rawlings makes an emotional plea to Dallas men to stop domestic violence

    by Christina Rosales
    January 14, 2013
    The Dallas Morning News

    Mayor Mike Rawlings, backed by Police Chief David Brown and domestic violence victim advocates, made an emotional plea to the city of Dallas, and the men in particular, to stop domestic violence.

    “It’s our fault,” the mayor said at the press conference Monday afternoon at Dallas City Hall. “It’s not the women’s fault.”

    The mayor spoke to media about the jump in homicides in Dallas in the past year, which Brown has said recently can be attributed to family violence.

    “We want to make it known that any violent act toward a woman will not be tolerated by the men in the city,” Rawlings said.

    The mayor also introduced his idea for a public awareness campaign, “to change the male culture” in the city, that will launch in the spring. He said he has an executive team selected already, including Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, State Rep. Rafael Anchia and Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten and Marco Rivera.

    Read the full article on

    Watch the full press conference on UStream.

  • PaperCity Shares Photos from the 2012 Partners Card Wrap-Up Party

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 14, 2013

    Take a look at the 2012 Partners Card coverage in PaperCity





    Click on the link to see all the photos from PaperCity -

  • Dallas Mayor Mike Reynolds Holds Press Conference on Preventing Family Violence

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 14, 2013

    In response to the recent acts of violence, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will be holding a press conference at 1:30 pm this afternoon, Monday, January 14 at the Dallas City Hall Flag Room. The Mayor is calling on the community to get involved with preventing family violence, that one murder is one too many!

    Tune in live at!

    MEDIA ALERT: Press Conference moved to 1:30pm

    Mayor Mike Rawlings reflects on recent acts of violence

    WHAT: After the incident in Newtown and the rise in violent offenses in our community, especially domestic violence, Mayor Mike Rawlings announces plans for a strategy to reflect on our community’s role in dealing with these issues.

    WHO: Mayor Mike Rawlings

    WHEN: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    WHERE: Dallas City Hall (Flag Room) 1500 Marilla Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201

    Related news items:

  • Partners Card 20th Anniversary Success Highlighted in PinkMemo

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 10, 2013

    Partners Card Celebrates 20th Anniversary Success at Bachendorf's

    by Maxine Trowbridge
    PinkMemo Dallas

    Before 2012 ended with holiday festivities The Family Place celebrated the success of its 20th anniversary for Partners Card at Bachendorf’s on Preston Road with the results wrap-up party.


    Bank of Texas Cass Robinson and Partners Card 2012 co-chairs Gay Donnell, Kathryn Henry and Dawn Spalding

    Bank of Texas Cass Robinson and Partners Card 2012 co-chairs Gay Donnell, Kathryn Henry and Dawn Spalding.

    Katy Duvall and Nancy Scripps

    Katy Duvall and Nancy Scripps.

    John Hardy jewels sparkled on models during the cocktail reception and trunk show as Paige Flink Executive Director for The Family Place, along with Partners Card Co-Chairs Kathryn Henry, Gay Donnell and Dawn Spalding, revealed the final results for this milestone event.

    Paige Flink and Lynn McBee

    Paige Flink and Lynn McBee.

     Melissa Sherrill and Shivangi Pokharel

     Melissa Sherrill and Shivangi Pokharel.

    Top card sellers, volunteers, supporters and guests celebrated—topping the $1M mark for the second year in a row, the 2012 Partners Card shopping extravaganza achieved a stunning $1, 115, 854.00. Partners Card is the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and this significant sum will go directly to families in need of support from family violence. Dallas you should feel proud! The Family Place.

    Read more at PinkMemo.

  • Make our elected officials in Texas pay attention to family violence with the Purple Postcard

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 09, 2013

    Join the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) in calling on state legislators to prioritize full funding for family violence shelter and resource centers in the upcoming 83rd Session of the Texas legislature. Along with actual postcards ...from thousands of constituents all over the state, TCFV will collect all virtual Purple Postcards completed online and deliver to them to the legislature in March 2013. Help convince your elected member of the legislature to Go Purple!

    Share this message and make sure all Texans have an opportunity to emphasize the importance of this message to our elected state officials.

    Fill out your virtual Purple Postcard at!

    the Purple Postcard - TCFV

  • The Family Place is one of the 2012 beneficiaries of the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 09, 2013

    The Family Place is one of the 2012 beneficiaries of the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities. Here's our Executive Director Paige Flink with Pat and Emmitt Smith. Learn more about the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities at

    Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities - 2012 Grant Recipients

  • Modern Luxury Dallas Recaps the 2012 Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 09, 2013

    Family Values

    January 2, 2013
    Modern Luxury Dallas


    A venerable roster of honorees and their grateful supporters filled the Dallas Ballroom at the Omni hotel for the Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, with proceeds benefiting The Family Place. Chaired by Anh and Loc Trieu, Amanda and Lloyd Ward and honorary chairs Diane and Daryl Johnston, the sold-out affair recognized the service of Kenneth Cooper, Lynn Goldstein, Kathryn Hall, Liz Minyard, Verizon and students Renee Kim and Elaine Landi. A rousing, inspirational message by Don McPherson, retired football pro turned gender advocate and motivational speaker, brought guests to their feet. Photography by Jeremy Brown and Sunny Lohden.

    Read more and view pictures at

  • Dallas Police Chief Reports Domestic-violence Murder is on the Rise

    by Emily Roberts | Dec 11, 2012

    Dallas Police Chief David Brown tells council domestic-violence murder is on the rise

    By Tanya Eiserer
    The Dallas Morning News

    10 December 2012

    Domestic violence-related murders are on the rise in Dallas.

    In 2011, the city recorded 10 such murders. But the tally has hit 25 through almost the first 11 months of 2012, Dallas police officials said Monday.

    “That’s a significant increase,” Police Chief David Brown told council members during a meeting of the council’s public safety committee.

    Brown cited the increase as one of the factors driving murders up in the calendar year: There were 133 murders in all of last year, the lowest total since 1967, but there have been 148 murders this year as of Monday.

    Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place shelter, says she’s troubled by the spike in domestic violence-related murders, and believes it may be partially related to ongoing economic difficulties many families face.

    “Just stop and think how many lives that represents and how many kids whose parents aren’t around,” Flink said. “It’s more than just a number.”

    Flink also believes the easy access to guns plays a huge role, pointing out that “guns and domestic violence are a dangerous combination. It’s not about gun control, but it’s about access to guns in the heat of the moment.”

    During the committee meeting, Brown said that the department has beefed up the number of detectives assigned to the family violence unit. Over the last two years, the number of detectives working in that unit has risen from 12 to 29.

    The department also has expedited the filing of many misdemeanor family violence cases with prosecutors, and improved the unit’s case tracking systems.

    In October, the department started a “lethality assessment” pilot program in which patrol officers ask 11-yes-or-no questions during domestic violence calls to ascertain whether a domestic call is a high-risk situation. If it is, the officer will explain to the victim that people in such situations have been seriously hurt or killed. Then the officer will call a domestic violence hotline and urge the victim to speak immediately to a counselor.

    “We’ve actually changed what happens at the scene when we’re called to a domestic violence incident,” Brown said.

    Police officials adopted the program after a Dallas Morning News story explored the department’s lack of a systemic approach to identifying high-risk domestic violence situations before something deadly happens.

    Flink said the shelter has already seen a change since the program took effect.

    In October, the first month of the program, The Family Place housed 105 people, compared with 32 in the month the year before.

    “It’s absolutely increased how many [hotline] calls we have and how many are coming in for shelter,” she said. “What’s interesting is that they aren’t staying as long as our regular clients do.”

    Flink said the new clients are getting help where they didn’t in the past largely because the officers who are warning them when they’re in danger are authority figures.

    She also said that she’s seen a change in the attitude of the department’s overall response to family violence.

    “This is the most communication I’ve had with DPD in five years,” she said. “It makes a big difference to have that line of communication.”

    Read more in The Dallas Morning News

  • 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, 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 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 ( and Senators ( 
    • 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 or tweetpic to #PassVAWA2012.
    • Post this email or similar information on your Facebook page.

    For more information on VAWA, visit

  • 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
    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 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

    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.

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