• Congratulations to our 2013 Texas Trailblazer Award Winners

    by Manju Alexander | Aug 27, 2013

    Congratulations to the 2013 Texas Trailblazer Award Winners!

    Gloria Campos
    Texas Trailblazer Award

    Darlene Blakey

    Real-Life Hero Award

    Advocacy Award

    Hannah Hinton & Karim Bryant
    Youth Service Award & Scholarship

    Join for the 2013 Texas Trailblazers Awards Luncheon to honor these outstanding leaders on Thursday, September 26 at the Omni Downtown Dallas Hotel.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

    2013 TexasTrailblazer Awards

    The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Award recognizes a local individual who has achieved significant success despite the obstacles faced along the way. The Trailblazer is someone who has accomplished a “first”, opened the doors of opportunity for others, and who is an exceptional role model for Texas women and healthy families. Through their accomplishments, the Trailblazer has blazed a trail for others to follow.

    The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award honors an individual who works behind the scenes to create positive change for women and healthy families within our community.

    The Family Place Youth Service Award and Scholarship recognizes students who are outstanding leaders in their high school communities. They have participated in The Family Place Students Be Project Program for a minimum of one year, acting as mentors to educate their peers about healthy relationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault.

    The Family Place Advocacy Award recognizes an organization that has played a vital role in furthering the mission of The Family Place to stop the suffering of women and children victims of family violence in North Texas. By providing generous financial and volunteer support and promoting awareness with employees, associates and peers, the Advocacy Award recipient is a strong voice speaking out for victims of family violence to improve our community’s response to their critical needs.

  • Paige Flink comments on discovey by Dallas police of hundreds more unworked family violence cases

    by Manju Alexander | Aug 20, 2013

    Dallas police find hundreds more unworked family violence cases

    August 19, 2013
    by Tanya Eiserer
    The Dallas Morning News


    Photo Credit: The Dallas Morning News - File 2011

    Sheranda Hodge woke up to hear her boyfriend screaming as he kicked, choked and beat her.

    After an overnight hospital stay, Hodge told Detective Shawn Wash that she wanted Alvin Simon prosecuted. Hodge heard nothing for nearly three years.

    Now she knows why: Her case was one of 646 cases that Wash failed to properly investigate when they were assigned to him while he was a family violence detective, according to an internal police audit obtained by The Dallas Morning News. An audit found that another investigator, Detective Durman Johnson, didn’t properly investigate more than 100 family violence cases.

    “I thought it was being taken care of,” Hodge said. “I didn’t know it was being ignored.”

    The hundreds of unworked offenses, mostly from the latter part of the last decade through 2011, ranged from dozens of simple misdemeanor assaults to stalking cases and felony child abuse or sexual assault cases.

    The unworked cases represent additional evidence of widespread problems with the Police Department’s family violence unit. Since an embarrassing incident in late 2009 where thousands of cases were discovered in another detective’s garage, the department has improved supervision of investigators, implemented an automated case-tracking system last year and increased the number of detectives.

    Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place Shelter, said she’s confident that police now have the right leadership and reforms in place to prevent something similar from occurring again. But the discovery that hundreds more pleas for help from victims went unheeded because of the two detectives is disheartening, she said.

    “I’m almost speechless that people who thought the police were going to help them didn’t get help,” Flink said.

    After more than a year, internal affairs investigations into Wash and Johnson were recently completed. It is unclear what discipline, if any, they will receive. Wash is assigned to the property room and did not return a request for comment. Johnson declined to comment. He is answering phones in the crimes against persons division.

    Many of Wash and Johnson’s mishandled cases are from the same era in which Detective Mickey East failed to properly pursue thousands of cases. East retired in February 2012 after a 2½-year investigation. He said he took the cases home when he was overwhelmed by the workload.

    Police officials say Wash and Johnson exhibited many of the same tendencies as East, such as repeatedly failing to properly document what they did and did not do on their cases.

    “There’s not a whole lot that they can do that we can’t catch them on now,” said Deputy Chief Sherryl Scott. “It’s all about making sure that our domestic violence victims are getting the service that they need from our detectives.”

    As the department moved to improve the family violence unit after the East investigation, authorities began to check to make sure other detectives had been properly pursuing cases and archiving their files.

    “We looked in a room that was supposed to be empty because it was an interview room, and that’s where we found some boxes that didn’t belong in there,” Scott said.

    The numerous boxes found in March 2012 in a police interview room at Jack Evans Police Headquarters contained cases assigned to Johnson and Wash.

    Officials audited 765 cases assigned to Johnson, according to police records. They found more than 100 cases from 2007 to 2011 had not been worked.

    They reviewed 970 cases assigned to Wash. The auditors found 646 cases spanning from 2007 to 2011 that had not been worked.

    In January 2012, the same month that Sgt. Rene Sigala, a family violence supervisor, met with Wash to outline a litany of problems with his cases, Wash closed 100 cases from 2009, saying the victims had refused to cooperate or he couldn’t reach them.

    When counseling Wash at that time, Sigala noted that Wash wasn’t properly filing paperwork, repeatedly had errors in his reports and was behind on documenting what he’d done on cases.

    Wash said he was “overworked and that he had fallen behind due to caseloads and not enough detectives in the unit.”

    Both Wash and Johnson earned plenty of overtime during the years that the cases were assigned to them. The audits show Johnson earned about $15,000 in overtime for work in 2009 and 2010. Wash was paid about $15,000 for 330.9 hours of overtime in 2009. He made more than $7,500 in overtime in 2010.

    All of the cases Johnson should have investigated were assigned to other detectives.

    But out of Wash’s 646 unworked cases, hundreds were now too old to be prosecuted. The statute of limitations, two years for misdemeanors, had expired.

    At least 148 of Wash’s cases were within the statute of limitations and were assigned to another investigator.

    Police have not said how many of the cases were eventually filed with the district attorney’s office, but records indicate that detectives could not reach victims in many of the cases or that victims refused to cooperate.

    It is also unclear how many of the victims were revictimized by the same attackers after their cases were mishandled. As part of the East investigation, a review found hundreds of family violence victims had been revictimized by the same attackers.

    When another detective contacted her in 2012, Hodge was more than willing to prosecute Simon.

    According to police records, Hodge awoke to find Simon jumping on the bed and screaming, “Allah Akbar,” on Dec. 17, 2009. Hodge fled into the bathroom. He kicked open the door. He kicked, punched, choked and bit her.

    “He said, ‘I’m going to kill you. I have to kill you because I’m not going to go back to jail,’” Hodge said.

    She fled, and a neighbor called 911.

    A detective assigned to work Wash’s cases filed the criminal case against Simon in August 2012. He was sentenced to five years in prison in November.

    The seriousness of what happened to her hit home recently for Hodge when her best friend, Demetrious Matthews, was murdered. Police say her boyfriend, Patrick Adger, ran her down and dumped her in the woods in late April.

    “It just like poured salt into this wound,” Hodge said. “That could have happened to me.”

    Read more at Dallasnews.com.

  • Paige Flink and Olivia Bolwell Share how to Stop the Cycle of Bullying on Good Morning Texas

    by Manju Alexander | Aug 14, 2013

    Good Morning Texas invited The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink and Olivia Bolwell, the 16-year old student who did an international video on bullying on air Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

    Olivia shared her reasons for creating her documentary and the process behind it, including her own experience as a victim of bullying, with viewers.  Paige talked about bully awareness, and the Be Project, an intiative of The Family Place to educate students about bullying and teen dating abuse.  

    In addition, the focus of this year's Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon is bullying awareness and how bullying can lead to domestic violence. The luncheon will be on September 26, 2013 at the Dallas Omni Hotel, and the guest speaker for the luncheon is Cynthia Lowen, writer and producer of award-winning “Bully,” a feature documentary exposing the hidden lives of bullied children.

     Watch their GMT appearance below!

  • Dallas, DeSoto shooting rampage shows how domestic abuse cycles are hard to stop

    by Manju Alexander | Aug 12, 2013

    Dallas, DeSoto shooting rampage shows how domestic abuse cycles are hard to stop

    August 10, 2013
    by Ed Timms, Jennifer Emily and Tanya Eiserer
    The Dallas Morning News

    Zina Bowser wanted Erbie Bowser out of her life.

    But what happened next followed a pattern that is frustrating, tragic and all too familiar.

    Threats and even physical abuse come first. Love turns to fear. Divorce court becomes another battleground. The system tries to protect victims of domestic violence — and counsel the abusers. But sometimes it doesn’t work out.

    A protective order may be the last-ditch effort to avoid a catastrophe. Too often, the court papers become a somber record of what victims endured in the weeks, months or years before they’re murdered by someone who once claimed to love them.

    Erbie Bowser, 44, now faces capital murder charges. He’s accused of killing two mothers and their daughters in a deadly rampage late Wednesday.

    Police allege that he fatally shot his ex-girlfriend Toya Smith, 43, in her far southwest Dallas home. He also is accused of killing her daughter, Tasmia Allen, 17. Smith’s 14-year-old son, Storm Malone, and a family friend, Dasmine Mitchell, 17, were wounded.

    Investigators said that Erbie Bowser then stormed the DeSoto home of his estranged wife, Zina Bowser. He allegedly battered down the back door and lobbed a grenade inside that blew out the walls and knocked out windows. Police say he then fatally shot Zina Bowser and her daughter, Neima Williams, 28. Zina Bowser’s two sons were wounded: 10-year-old Myles and 13-year-old Chris.

    A harassment charge from the late 1990s, which later was dismissed, hinted that a man described by family and friends as a “gentle giant” may have had a darker side for a very long time. More recently, he was accused of making death threats that left little to the imagination.

    Was abusive behavior from Erbie Bowser’s past a premonition of the deadly violence he is alleged to have unleashed? Perhaps only in hindsight.

    The courts tried to protect the victims. Counselors worked to calm the rage inside Erbie Bowser. And, at times, it appeared that he’d responded.

    Sometimes domestic violence victims even have a change of heart. Whatever first brought a couple together doesn’t always go away easily. Victims sometimes feel compelled to give their partners another chance, postpone divorce proceedings or even try to rekindle relationships.

    Zina Bowser, for example, had filed for divorce in 2011. But there apparently has been little movement on her case.

    Could things have been done differently? Almost certainly.

    Would it have made a difference?

    That’s a question that may never be answered.

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has gained national attention for his campaign against domestic violence, said he was devastated by the killings.

    “The real question is, ‘What can we do better as a system?’” he said.

    Paige Flink, executive director at the Family Place shelter, ultimately holds Bowser responsible.

    “We’ve got to figure out some way to identify the high-risk offenders,” she said. “I’m not going to blame the system because this man murdered these people.”

    Military stories

    Erbie Bowser was accused of attacking his wife in their home in January 2011. She filed for divorce the same month. The couple had been married less than a year.

    For years, he’d described himself as a combat veteran. He once told a fellow vet that he’d been an Army Ranger who had served in Operation Desert Shield, Somalia and Haiti. And that he was a paratrooper.

    He told family members he’d been wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart. He said he had a metal plate in his head.

    He ended up in a special court program designed to help veterans who’ve seen combat or experienced traumatic events.

    Military records indicate he served in the Army from 1991 to 2000. But he was not deployed outside the U.S. . There is no record of a Purple Heart. No record that he’d been trained as a paratrooper.

    “It bothers me if he was not truthful of his military past,” said Joe Lynch, a Vietnam veteran who volunteered as Bowser’s mentor in the Dallas County Veterans Court. “The judge expects nothing but honesty from everyone involved in the process.”

    Participants in the Veterans Court are required to participate in treatment programs. Those may include anger management, an intervention program for domestic violence, drug and alcohol treatment and psychiatric care.

    Anyone with a domestic violence charge is required to go through a “batterer’s intervention” program. Almost 1 in 3 of the vets who go through the court are there because of domestic violence.

    To remain in the program, veterans must comply with whatever treatment is mandated.

    Lynch said he didn’t know if Bowser would have received treatment without the court’s intervention.

    Since state District Judge Mike Snipes started the Veterans Court program in 2010, Bowser is the first offender to be accused of another crime. So far, 23 vets have graduated.

    Graduates of the court can have the charge that brought them into the program expunged. And they are introduced to VA services that they may not have used in the past.

    Such specialized intervention programs in the courts have many advocates, who say they often keep offenders from committing more serious crimes.

    After questions were raised about Erbie Bowser’s military background, Snipes said he will now require proof that a veteran served in combat or a traumatic situation.

    “I’m putting an extra layer in there,” he said.

    Expunged records

    Erbie Bowser had married once before, in 2002. That marriage ended in divorce in 2008. The divorce records do not indicate whether threats or violence were an issue but do state that “there is no protective order between the parties.”

    Some of Bowser’s history of domestic violence didn’t appear in his criminal record because it was expunged after he’d completed the Veterans Court program in 2012.

    Flink is among those who have concerns about any domestic abuse records being expunged, particularly when weapons are involved.

    “We all believe in redemption and we hope for redemption, but we have accepted being more tolerant when people enter this gray area that is a very slippery slope to murder,” Rawlings said.

    Zina Bowser’s application for a protective order after she alleged a violent encounter with her estranged husband was found in their divorce records.

    “He came around the bed really fast and … pushed me with his stomach,” she wrote. “Then he put his finger in my face and said, ‘I will bury you.’”

    Later, she wrote, Erbie Bowser pulled out a knife and flipped it open. He warned that if she called the police, “I will execute your kids.”

    State District Judge Rick Magnis is beginning in January a specialty court for felony domestic violence offenders. He is still deciding whether offenders who have a “high lethality” will be admitted to the program. A high lethality means they have a higher chance of killing their victim.

    Defendants with family violence cases in his courtroom are assessed for stalking behavior, controlling behavior and threats to kill.

    Terms of probation for those with a higher risk could include GPS monitoring, an alcohol monitor and drug testing. All domestic violence defendants on probation are required to receive batterer’s intervention treatment, he said.

    “We’re just trying to reduce the chances as much as we can,” Magnis said.

    Many victims, Magnis said, still want to maintain some contact with the defendants.

    But no contact typically is one of the terms of probation he imposes for the safety of the victims.

    He said he tells victims to attend safety counseling for those who are abused and he will reconsider it.

    Criminologist Denise Paquette Boots, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, said there are many reasons women in domestic violence situations choose to stay.

    “Sometimes they’re fearful. … Imagine him threatening your children, threatening your family, threatening your friends. Saying he’s going to come to your work. He’s going to send pictures to your boss. He’s going to call your friend,” Boots said. “It reinforces his power and control.”

    Boots said abusers can be manipulative and secretive, almost living dual lives.

    “You’ll have situations … where the neighbors and the co-workers will say, ‘I just can’t believe it. He’s just the nicest guy. I had no idea.’”

    If an abuser wants to kill, Boots said, it’s very difficult to stop.

    “They don’t care about … trespassing signs. They don’t care about protective orders. The only thing that we can do is to try to give resources to women to try to get them away from their abuser. But we have women on the run all over the United States from guys that are tracking them.”

    Lurlean Smith, the mother of Toya Smith and grandmother of Tasmia Allen, pleaded Friday with other mothers to talk to their daughters to find out whether their relationships are showing signs of abuse.

    “Notice the habits. Notice if … [boyfriends or husbands] become aggressive,” Smith said. “I stress it to these mothers and these daughters … wake up.

    “You know what [the] signs are. You know what red flags are.”

    Read more at Dallasnews.com

  • Mayor Rawlings Devastated by Domestic Killing Spree

    by Manju Alexander | Aug 12, 2013

    Mayor Mike Rawlings says he’s ‘devastated’ by Dallas, DeSoto domestic killing spree, vows to push for reforms

    August 9, 2013
    by Scott Goldstein
    The Dallas Morning News

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has gained national attention for his campaign against domestic violence, said this afternoon that he is “devastated” by a domestic violence shooting spree in which four women were killed on Wednesday night.

    “It’s a very sad day for anybody that cares about women and women’s rights and children in this city,” Rawlings said in a phone interview.

    Erbie Lee Bowser, 44, faces multiple capital murder charges after authorities say he killed his former girlfriend and her teenage daughter in southwest Dallas around 10:30 p.m. and then drove about 7 miles to DeSoto to kill his estranged wife and her daughter. He is accused of tossing a grenade into the DeSoto home before that shooting. Four people were wounded in the shootings.

    The mayor vowed to push on in his fight against men who abuse women, nearly five months after he drew thousands to City Hall for a rally against domestic violence. He said he met just yesterday with District Attorney Craig Watkins on the issue and he plans to hold a private meeting by the end of this month with Police Chief David Brown, Watkins and county judges who handle protective orders.

    “The real question is, ‘what can we do better as a system?’”

    The mayor said he wants to produce a “cross-jurisdictional strategic plan for the city and the county.”

    Specifically, Rawlings said domestic violence cases must move faster through the court system.

    “Because we don’t have the resources to move these cases along quickly, sometimes they’re a year long before someone is really brought to court,” Rawlings said. “In that interim, the victim pulls away and things change so most of these things start to get dropped out.”

    The mayor, a Dallas Mavericks fan, said he recalls seeing Bowser at games when he performed with the zany Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs dance troupe.

    Bowser had a history of domestic violence, but it isn’t in his criminal record because he completed the Dallas County court program for veterans in the summer of 2012.

    Bowser entered the Veterans Court after attacking his wife at her DeSoto home in January 2011. She had filed for divorce and wanted him to move out, according to a protective order application she signed.

    As he has in the past, Rawlings referred to men who abuse women as “terrorists.”

    “These are terrorists, these are people that are creating terror in our backyard,” Rawlings said. “And if we looked at them in that way we would move heaven and earth to stop this.”

    “This is the result of a culture of accepting domestic violence in our city,” he said. “We all do it. And we know people that have hit somebody and we don’t stand up and create a taboo about this the way it needs to be, whether it’s in the media or whether it’s in our personal lives.”

    Read more at Dallasnewscom.

  • Be Project Enters Veto the Violence Contest

    by Manju Alexander | Aug 08, 2013

    Be Project is entering a contest called Veto The Violence, creating a 1-minute PSA about teen dating violence.  Good luck Be Project!


  • Join the Dialogue with Men 2 M.A.P.S

    by Manju Alexander | Aug 01, 2013


    Men 2 MAPS - August 2013


    Join the Dialogue with Men 2 M.A.P.S. (Mentor, Advocate, Prevent & Secure)!

    The Essence of a Man: Childhood, Youth and Adulthood

    Our mission is to foster a dialogue between men
    on proactive solutions to ending domestic violence.

    Register @http:// www.familyplace.org/ event-registration!

    For more information, contact Theresa Little at 214-948-5175
    or Debra Mitchell-Ibe at 214-443-7750.

  • Dallas Social Service Agencies Feeling Automatic Cuts

    by Manju Alexander | Jul 25, 2013

    Dallas-area social service agencies feeling squeeze from automatic cuts

    by Christina Rosales
    July 22, 2013
    The Dallas Morning News

    Federal budget cuts could cause years of uncertainty for social service providers in the Dallas area that must scale back programs for low-income families, domestic violence victims and the elderly, experts and advocates say.

    When the $85 billion across-the-board federal cuts took effect March 1, some organizations felt the blow immediately.

    A spiral

    Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place shelter, said the nonprofit will see tens of thousands of dollars cut from what they receive through HUD and a $10,000 cut as part of the Family Violence Prevention Services Act.

    “For the next fiscal year, I can try to cover it, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to going forward,” she said. “When we’re full we can put someone in a hotel or get a woman a taxi so she can get here, but we might not be able to do that.”

    Also, Flink said, smaller domestic violence shelters will be devastated by cuts so she believes she will see even more clients looking for help.

    “We haven’t felt it yet, but I’m sure it’s coming,” she said.

    Flink added that Dallas has always had a history of philanthropists stepping up to provide for the needy during budget cuts, especially during the past few years during the recession.

    “We do have guardian angels who come and say they’ll take care of this,” Flink said. “Dallas is lucky that way. In the end, people will survive. They’ll find a way to adjust, but we’re creating a spiral that’s beginning to unwind.”

    Read the full article at DallasNews.com.

  • Help us send the kids BACK TO SCHOOL

    by Manju Alexander | Jul 15, 2013

    The children of The Family Place need your help to start the 2013-14 school year. As the back to school shopping season begins, please keep in mind the families who do not have the resources to shop for the supplies on their school supply list. The Family Place provides backpacks filled with DISD suggested supplies and uniforms to children throughout our shelter, transitional housing and outreach programs. With a 30% increase in clients at the Safe Campus over the last six months, your contributions will help us equip these kids with the supplies they need for the upcoming school year.

    2013 Back to School at The Family Place


    Ways to Help:

    Make a Donation
    Don't have time to shop? Make a donation through our website earmarked for school supplies and we'll do the shopping for you.

    Shop for Supplies
    Shop for supplies and contact Greg Bosworth at 214-443-7714 to make drop off arrangements. Click here to download the list of school supplies. Please arrange to drop off your contributions by Wednesday, August 7.

    Assemble Backpacks
    Have some time to volunteer? Volunteers are needed for stuffing the backpacks on Friday, August 9. Everything must be assembled and distributed by the week of August 12. Contact Greg Bosworth if you are available.

    Summer Activites Still Needed
    Want to help before the kids go back to school? We are looking for donations for tickets to local area attractions or donations to buy tickets so we can take the children from our Safe Campus summer program on a fun trip! Please contact Greg Bosworth if you can help.

    Thank you in advance!

  • The Baron and Blue Foundation names TFP as one of Spring 2013 grant recipients

    by Manju Alexander | Jul 15, 2013

    Baron and Blue Foundation names grant recipients

    July 11, 2013
    by Robert Miller
    The Dallas Morning News

    The Baron and Blue Foundation has awarded $273,500 in grants to 19 Dallas nonprofit organizations during its spring cycle of funding.

    The recipients provide emergency support services in Dallas County to homeless families, children and individuals. This year’s recipients were Attitudes & Attire, Captain Hope’s Kids, Crossroads Community Service, Grand Prairie United Charities, Homeward Bound Inc., Lifeline Shelter for Families Inc., Mosaic Family Services, New Friends New Life, Promise House, Rainbow Days, Recovery Inn, The Bridge, The Family Place, North Texas Food Bank, The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church and Union Gospel Mission.

    Special grants were awarded to Habitat for Humanity to build a home in memory of Price Stone, to Frazier Revitalization Inc. for low-income neighborhood improvement and to St. Philip’s School and Community Center.

    “It has been really wonderful that for over 10 years, The Baron and Blue Foundation has been able to help the homeless in Dallas,” said Lisa Blue, the foundation’s co-founder. “The organizations that we support are the ones out there doing the hard work every single day.”

    Application deadlines for upcoming funding cycles are Oct. 1 and April 1.

    Read more at DallasNews.com.

    Learn more about The Baron and Blue Foundation at baronandbluefoundation.org.

  • Beverly Drive Magazine talks to Paige Flink about why she does what she does

    by Manju Alexander | Jul 01, 2013

    Why do you do what you do? Learn a little bit about Paige Flink on pages 40-41 in this month's newly rebranded Beverly Drive Magazine (formerly GrandLuxe)!

    Beverly Drive Magazine - Paige Flink - July 2013

    Opine: Paige Flink Asking The Big Question

    Read the full issue of this month's Beverly Drive Magazine!

  • Replay: Training Camp Session 2

    by Manju Alexander | Jul 01, 2013

    We had over twenty men attend last week's Training Camp: Session Two - Positive Fatherhood at Union Coffee. The attendees had a great opportunity hear a very strong message about fatherhood and healthy masculinity from our speakers. Both presentations were very interactive and engaging and provided the audience with plenty of practical information. Thanks to all attendees, presenters and the organizers of this event!

      Training Camp Session 2  Training Camp Session 2

    Training Camp Session 2  Training Camp Session 2  Training Camp Session 2 


  • Paige Flink is one of six Honorees at Peace Patron Luncheon

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 27, 2013

    Congratulations to our Exective Director Paige Flink and the other Dallas leaders who are being honored today at the Peacemakers Incorporated Peace Patron Luncheon!

    Peacemakers honors six Dallas leaders who have healed and protected victims of and educated the public on domestic violence!

    Peacemakers Incorporated Luncheon June 2013

  • Something for Everyone at The Family Place - Upcoming Events

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 25, 2013

    Upcoming Events June 2013


    Take the Next Step Training Camp: Session 2 - Positive Fatherhood
    Thursday, June 27 | 6-8:30pm | Union Coffee, Dallas, TX
    Link to Register

    Music4Change FREE Concert Hosted by Be Project
    Friday, June 28 | 7-10pm | Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison, TX
    Link to RSVP

    Saturday, June 29 | 2-5pm | Bishop Arts, Dallas, TX
    Use code familyplace and Dishcrawl will donate $5 to The Family Place
    Link to Buy Tickets

  • Partners Card 2013 Honorary Chairs Announced

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 25, 2013

    Just In: Partners Card 2013 Honorary Co-chairs Announced

    by Jeanne Prejean
    June 25, 2013

    More honorary co-chairs are popping up like sunflowers! Partners Card 2013 tri-chairs Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman just sent word on the honorary co-chairs for the spend-athon benefiting The Family Place’s October 25 -November 3.

    How smart they were to pick a mom/daughter team who understands and appreciates both shopping and fundraising.

    Who is the twosome?

    Beverly Drive cover girl Shay Geyer and her mom Beth Rafferty!

    These two have time and time again supported a plethora of nonprofits like Dwell with Dignity, The Women’s Council of the Arboretum, Family Gateway and Equest and still found time to run their 40,000-square-foot IBB Design Furnishings.

    Read more at MySweetCharity.com.

  • Mary Kay Releases its 2013 Truth About Abuse Survey - Cycle of Domestic Violence Continues

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 13, 2013

    Annual Survey Reveals Cycle of Domestic Violence Continues in Generation Y

    June 13, 2013

    DALLAS--()--Young women who were in shelters as children are now seeking protection from domestic violence situations themselves according to the 2013 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey. The annual survey takes an in-depth look at domestic violence through the perspective of executive directors at women’s shelters across the country. Along with the cycle of violence continuing in Generation Y, the 2013 survey reported that many women are staying in shelters for longer periods of time because of limited access to resources.

    “The Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey shows that violence against women is an epidemic and the cycle of violence goes from one generation to the next”

    The ripple effect of women staying in shelters for longer periods of time prevents other women from receiving needed assistance. As fewer women are able to seek shelter, more women are staying in or going back to violent and dangerous situations. More than 800 women’s shelters across the nation shared their concerns about this pattern with Mary Kay Inc. Key findings include:

    • Most shelters are servicing more women, specifically more women between the ages of 18-32 and more women with children.
    • The shelters who said they are serving fewer women say it is because residents are staying longer due to limited resources and the economy.
    • The economy continues to be a factor for clients. However, the economy is not the reason for the abuse. The economy is why women stay or go back to their abusers.
    • Mental health issues are prevalent.
    • While many shelters are able to provide emergency housing, most do not have the resources to provide the long term care and rehabilitation that survivors need to ultimately break the cycle.

    “Unfortunately, the results of the Mary Kay Truth About Abuse survey are not surprising,” said Paige Flink, executive director for The Family Place, the largest domestic violence service provider in the Dallas metropolitan area. “The lethality of domestic violence has spiked. Just at The Family Place alone, we’ve seen a 32% increase in requests for shelter during the past six months. When a women and her children are in need of assistance, turning them away in these life and death situations is not an option. Alternative safe housing is a critical step and often times one of the hardest steps for a survivor to make.”

    “The Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey shows that violence against women is an epidemic and the cycle of violence goes from one generation to the next,” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc.’s vice president of government relations and member of the board of directors for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “Many of the shelters had to turn away women and children, and this is why it is so critical for organizations and companies to supply much needed funds to women’s shelters. Shelters need funding to not only house women and children who are in need, but also offer programs that help prevent abuse.”

    Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM provide funding each year to various programs that work to end domestic violence. The Foundation’s signature program is the Shelter Grant Program, where 150 shelters across the country each receive $20,000 grants in unrestricted funds. In response to the survey results, The Mary Kay FoundationSM will designate a portion of the 150 annual grants to shelters in metropolitan areas that have the highest number of reported incidents of violent crimes against women.

    Along with the annual shelter grant program, Mary Kay has supported other programs that address violence against women including the nation’s first text-based helpline for young women and outdoor nature learning nature centers at women’s shelters.

    About Mary Kay

    Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 2.5 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. To learn more or to locate a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area, please visit marykay.com.

    About The Mary Kay FoundationSM

    The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).


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  • Thank you MySweet Charity - Rescheduled Partners Card Kickoff was a Fashionable Kick

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 13, 2013

    Rescheduled Partners Card Kick-off Was A Fashionable Kick

    June 12, 2013
    by Jeanne Prejean



    2013 Partners Card Co-chairs Annika Cail, Katy Duvall and Sara Friedman wisely decided to postpone the kick-off party of the 21st Family Place fundraiser back on May 21. With tornadoes sweeping through Oklahoma like a Roomba and threatening weather in North Texas, they realized that many would be fearful to face potential chancy conditions.

    Katy Duvall and Sarah Friedman

    Katy Duvall and Sarah Friedman

    Annika Cail

    Annika Cail

    So they held the event at the Westin Galleria on Wednesday, June 5, not knowing what the headcount would be. After all, some had already taken off for vacations.

    Surprise! The place was packed. Since the indoor party was adjacent to the hotel’s pool, many changed from their very proper business attire to more casual but not too casual. For instance, some of the gents still wore their suit jackets but doffed the ties. The gals like Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Davis were baring shoulders in cute sundresses. And opened-toed wedges showcased a rainbow of painted toenails with last year’s favorite black being replaced by a soft teal. As one person pointed out, “Toe cleavage abounds this time of year.”

    Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Davis

    Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Davis

    Cary Deuber decided that her hair needed some instant “oomphing,” so instead of going to a blowout, she gathered her hair in a ponytail on top of her head, applied a “contraption” with faux hair, undid the ponytail and had a glamorama head of curls and swirls.

    Renee Rouleau, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer and Cary Deuber

    Renee Rouleau, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer and Cary Deuber

    Unfortunately, one of those who couldn’t make the event due to previous out-of-town commitments was The Family Place head honcho Paige Flink.

    What did she miss? Details about this year’s Partners Card program, which takes place from October 25 to November 3, providing a “20% discount at more than 780 Dallas-area retailers and restaurants.”

    Once again the good folks at Bank of Texas will be the presenting sponsor.

    As soon as the cards go on sale and it’s revealed which stores will be participating, we’ll let you know.

    In the meantime, start making your shopping list of Partner Card opportunities.

    See the full article at MySweetCharity.com.

  • CultureMap Dallas Covers Trailblazer Kick-off at Klyde Warren Park

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 12, 2013

    Family Place fans kick off Texas Trailblazer Awards at Klyde Warren Park

    by Rachael Abrams
    CultureMap Dallas

    To kick off the 2013 Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon: Be the Connection To End Abuse, co-chairs Julie Rado and Barbara and Steve Durham welcomed Family Place supporters to Klyde Warren Park for a soiree under the sky.

    "Our honorary chairs, Sheila and Jody Grant, have connected the Dallas community with this park — a safe and creative space, a family place — encouraging healthy families and healthy relationships," Barbara said.

    Well-dressed guests — including Jennifer and Coley Clark, Regina Bruce, Amanda and Lloyd Ward, Stephanie and Travis Hollman, Maggie Kipp, Holly Davis, Greg Bosworth, and Family Place Partners president Jennifer Burns — indulged in gourmet bites and mingled with members of the "Be Project," a Family Place program to empower youth to build healthy relationships and stand up against bullying and violence.

    Later in the evening, Family Place executive director Paige Flink applauded Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings for urging men to get involved in the fight against domestic violence. "We need your support to continue these desperately needed services," she said.

    "Though women and children represent the majority of victims, men are affected as well — as victims, as perpetrators, and as witnesses and bystanders."

    The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards recognize community leaders who work to make North Texas a safer place. The annual luncheon raises funds to support the Family Place's programs to save victims of domestic violence and their children.

    Cynthia Lowen, author and producer of the documentary Bully, will headline this year's luncheon, so mark your calendar September 26 at Omni Dallas. Sponsorships and individual tickets can be purchased online.

    Read the full article and view photos at CultureMap Dallas.

  • Dallas Teens Partner with The Family Place and Local Musicians

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 04, 2013

    Dallas Teens Partner with The Family Place and Local Musicians to end Bullying and Relationship Violence
    Be Project to Host 2nd Annual Music4Change Concert on June 28, 2013

    WHAT: Music4Change is back! Be Project, an initiative of The Family Place, will host its 2nd Annual Music4Change (M4C) Concert at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum on Friday, June 28, 2013. This free concert for teens features performances by young local musicians whose music provides a positive and encouraging message.

    Last year, Be Project’s leadership group - Be More - conjured up the idea for a fun and unique summer concert to promote the same ideals of the group: stepping out among their peers to take a stand to end relationship violence.  They wanted to create an event to rally teens from around Dallas to come together and celebrate being advocates for healthy relationships. This year’s event uses graffiti as the theme to encourage youth to “Make Your Mark” on the issues of bullying and dating violence.

    The concert will feature performances by Bentley Green, Marcella Fruehan and Dallas Wayde. For more information, please visit the Be Project website at www.familyplacebeproject.org or the Music4Change Facebook Event.

    WHEN: Friday, June 28, 2013 | 7-10PM

    WHERE: Cavanaugh Flight Museum | 4512 Claire Chennault Street, Addison, TX

    CONTACT: Liz Ferrigno, Be Project | 972.243.1611| beproject@familyplace.org

  • Seventh Annual FORE Tournament to be held at Four Seasons Resort and Club

    by Manju Alexander | May 07, 2013

    2013 FORE Golf and Tennis Tournament benefiting The Family Place

    7th Annual FORE! Golf & Tennis Tournament to be held at Four Seasons Resort and Club

    Hosted by The Family Place on Thursday, June 20, 2013


    The Family Place is excited to host this year’s FORE! Golf and TennisTournament at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort and Club. In addition to our traditional eighteen holes of golf, we have added a fun, new element with a simultaneous tennis tournament.

    Tournament Day Timeline

    11:30am: Player registration and lunch

    1:00pm: Shotgun start for golf and tennis

    5:30pm: Cocktail reception

    6:00pm: Dinner, awards, a fantastic auction, and entertainment!

    Sponsorships are available on The Family Place website. Don't miss this opportunity to network and be a part of the solution to end family violence!


    WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013 | Registration starts at 11:30am

    WHERE: Four Seasons Resort and Club | 4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038

    CONTACT: Nicole Farrar, The Family Place | 214.443.7717 | fore@familyplace.org