North Texas FACING Family violence conference
Rev. Al Miles Reverend Miles speaks frequently to nationwide audiences on topics as domestic violence, teen dating violence awareness, ethical dilemmas, and maintaining healthy boundaries as we care for others. In October 2002, he was appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. He is the author of many publications, including the books Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know (1st and 2nd Edition), and Ending Violence in Teen Dating Relationships: A Resource Guide for Parents and Pastors. Reverend Miles is the Coordinator of the Hospital Ministry Department for Pacific Health Ministry at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Diane Reeve Divorced after 18 years of marriage, Diane Reeve thought she had finally found the last love of her life. The charming and handsome Frenchman she met almost was – but not in the way she expected. After dating 4 1/2 years with plans to move in together, Diane was devastated to learn that he had been cheating. Worse, she also found out that he had knowingly transmitted HIV to her.
Undaunted, she risked her life to find other survivors. There were more than 50! In a landmark court case, he was convicted and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Her story is one of hope, inspiration, courage and the power of women supporting women. Diane’s story was viewed by millions on 20/20 and Oprah and has been the subject of various magazine and newspaper articles worldwide. She received the Paul S. Chapman award from the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice for her significant contribution to justice in America. She will be featured this fall on Oprah’s “Where Are They Now.”
Family Place The Family Place empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence.
For victims of family violence, The Family Place is the Dallas area’s leading organization delivering proven programs that address emotional and physical abuse and incest. The Family Place provides free, comprehensive services that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety.
Diana Gansle, Attorney General of Texas Crime Victim Services Division. The CVSD Regional Coordinators offer Crime Victims’ Compensation training and curriculum to prosecutor’s offices, law enforcement, victim assistance groups and providers of services. They also assist with researching and responding to questions from victims, victim advocacy groups, prosecutor’s offices, and law enforcement agencies. At request, the Regional Coordinator may provide direct victim assistance to victims and their families.
The Turning Point Their mission is to provide counseling, education, and advocacy for those impacted by sexual assault. The Turning Point’s vision is to deliver the highest quality of comprehensive treatment services for survivors of all forms of sexual violence and to set the standard for prevention education that promotes social change to end bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Carrollton Springs Behavioral Health Hospital Carrollton Springs is a newly-renovated, 45-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital located on a beautiful campus in Carrollton, Texas. We provide inpatient and outpatient treatment services to adults suffering from mental illness and/or addiction. Our goal is to consistently deliver quality, evidence-based treatment using a program-centered approach intended to reach beyond the typical crisis stabilization model commonly used throughout the industry.
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention and advocacy. In the meantime, we desire to support survivors on their paths to hope, healing and justice. TAASA is the voice of the sexual assault movement in Texas. We are a unifying force bringing together parties involved in and affected by sexual assault as a catalyst for change.
Casa de Esperanza/Latina Network Casa de Esperanza is a leader in the domestic violence movement and a national resource center for organizations working with Latin@s in the United States. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota with a mission to “mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence”, Casa de Esperanza was founded in 1982 to provide emergency shelter for Latinas and other women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Traffik 911 Traffick911 exists to free youth from sex trafficking with a three-prong strategy of prevention, identification and empowerment. We have identified and/or rescued hundreds of victims and our work – in close partnership with law enforcement – has led to multiple state and federal felony arrests and convictions.
Christian Works for Children With its foundation deeply rooted in Christian principles, the purpose of Christian Works for Children is to help children and their families meet and overcome even the most difficult challenges in their lives. We strive to facilitate the building of a healthy, loving family for every child we meet.
Dignity Initiative/Collin College The Dignity Initiative – a multi-year effort to educate the campus community about five specific elements of gender violence and to empower community members with specific action steps to end the gender-based oppression. We envision a future in which women are treated with respect and honored as valuable members of cultures around the world.
Emily’s Place Emily’s Place is a transformational housing program for victims of domestic violence. Residents in our program are encouraged to remain for up to 2 years, and services include: counseling, vocational assistance, life skills development and spiritual nurturing-all within a structured environment.