Category Archives: Domestic Violence

The Holiday Season and We Have Nothing

The Family Place

“Where family violence stops”

In 2013, The Family Place provided services in Spanish and in English to a total of 11,758 clients. Since 1978, we have counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 21,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. We have helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior and reach approximately 6,000 students each year through our youth education programs.

Family Violence in Dallas

  • 38% of Texas women—more than one in three—have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime. (Texas Council on Family Violence)
  • 70% of the children of abused women are also physically abused, and 20% are sexually abused. The majority of abusive men were either abused as children or witnessed their mothers being abused. (WomenKind, Inc.)
  • In 2013, the Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit reported 13,007 family violence calls resulting in 1,215 aggravated assaults, 23 murders, 10,812 reported offenses, 91 sexual assault offenses, 180 violations of protective orders, and 5,782 arrests.
  • The 2013 Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Point-in-Time Homeless Count found 2,972 people living on Dallas streets or in shelters. 24% of the homeless population was children, and 14% of the adult population listed domestic violence as their reason for homelessness.

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Adopt-a-Family

The Family Place is a 4 Star Charity

Help us help our families by considering to adopt this year!

Here’s how it works:

  • Our program has families that range in size from single women to moms with up to seven children.
  • Submit your online request below!
  • Based on your response, we will match you with the appropriate sized family, and contact you with details.
  • You will shop for each member of the family, as well as shop for some wrapping paper, tape and bows to give to the mom to wrap the gifts for her children.
  • Bring the gifts, labeled with the names of the recipients, to our Holiday Donation Center.
  • The Family Place distributes the gifts to the families.

2014 Adopt-a- Family Sign-Up
*All fields below are required
http://www.familyplace.org/adopt-a-family

Not able to Adopt-a-Family this year? You can still help by participating in our Adopt-a-Shelter Program or making a donation earmarked “Adopt-a-Family” (in the “Toward a particular program” – Other” tab on our donation page), and we will take care of the shopping.

Essete Workneh | Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager
volunteer@familyplace.org | 214.443.7714

I care, but…

Where would we be without you?

Look around you, what do you see?  Do you see a perfect world that you enjoy being a part of?  Do you see a world that is less than perfect, but you are content, so it’s not so bad?  Or do you see a world with misplaced priorities;  a world where Athletes are the Heroes, the Good Guys, even if they do sucker-punch their 100 pound Wife and knock her out in an elevator occasionally.  A world where the media hangs on every word of a Team Owner; a man your Children just possibly have noticed on the evening news, with his hands where they shouldn’t be on a woman who isn’t his wife.

So you DO CARE, you don’t like the inequalities that exist in the world as it is now;  but you have nothing to offer in the way of talent, you are uncomfortable and shy when it comes to speaking when more than one stranger is present.

Join the club, I just described me.  I was and still am, a bookworm, Ms Librarian, OK a nerd, I said it.  A short time ago, I was offered(?) a job as Editor of a G+ page for a group of people(strangers).  I was petrified, the first week it would seem to take half a day to type a very short post(OK, so I didn’t have to look these strangers in the eye, it seemed as if I was standing right in front of them), I would type 1 letter and then check to see if I had misspelled “a”, I was a nervous wreck by dinner every single night, and on the 3rd night was threatened with force feeding or a feeding tube by a certain tyrant.  But an unbelievable thing happened, these strangers were more than understanding, many were and still are there, day or night for me.(especially Bunny)

Then one day “she” joined Our Circle(“she” is actually 2 very different women, 1 is a brain, I just had to mention you Caroline), she was everything I ever daydreamed or imagined me being.  April was beautiful, talented, a very good parent, and even cared for others.(my 3 are actually at least 5, since I inherited 2 from my alter-ego and The Tyrant)

Please don’t mistake who I am intending this for, if you read each word, everyone mentioned and implied is who I am writing this for, but read on so you will know YOU TOO are desperately needed, to effect the change this world so badly needs.

I hesitate to think where we would be at this point in time without you.  A caring heart big enough, and with so much love, for everyone and every living thing in Our World, and you in  your GOD given caring way, already have all the above mapped and cataloged in your heart, which included this nerd.  You mean so much to me, and it is only right that I share at least a part of what Our Circle has been Blessed with. This is Our Circle’s April: