Yes. Teen Dating Violence Is An Issue For Your Teen.


February 1, 2013

Today marks the first day of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM). This is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships. Emiliano, a man whose life looks remarkably different today than it did almost 20 years ago, wrote this article at age 18. He was in numerous unhealthy, abusive relationships […]

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Protect Our Kids Act A Good Start


January 24, 2013

Last week the Dept. of Family & Protective Services released the 2012 Data Book, its annual tally of the epidemic of child abuse in our state. It’s always a sad moment to flip through the charts and graphs, as they categorize victims and perpetrators by race, by relationship, by location – because the numbers are so […]

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Teaming Up to Root Out Abuse


January 17, 2013

Karen Bartoletti,Matt Womack,Mark Mouritsen, LIFT Alliance Board Chairs, wrote an Op-Ed for the Austin American-Statesman this week about how an alliance between SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter would allow them to offer new programs to clients, combine their voices to advocate for change, and share costs. By Karen Bartoletti,Matt Womack,Mark Mouritsen Despite years of effort — building bigger shelters, providing […]

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LIFT Alliance Will Help Survivors of Child, Sexual and Domestic Abuse


January 15, 2013

Despite years of effort — building bigger shelters, providing increased therapy and support, developing engaging community education projects and the myriad other ways Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace address child, sexual and domestic violence and abuse — both agencies have been swimming against an ever-rising tide with ever-dwindling resources for the past several years. As […]

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Latest on Violence Against Women Act


December 20, 2012

by Jenny Martin, Communications Coordinator Congress was scheduled to adjourn last Friday, but they are still in Washington and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has not been reauthorized. There has been little in the news about VAWA this week, with this exception: Democratic women of the Sentate signed a letter to the 25 Republican […]

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Congress scheduled to adjourn Friday – call today to support VAWA


December 12, 2012

by Jenny Martin, Communications Coordinator Julia Spann, SafePlace Executive Director, wrote an Op-Ed for the Austin American-Statesman this week about how vital it is for survivors of domestic violence that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) be reauthorized. Please call your local representative today to urge them to support the full version of VAWA. Spann: […]

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Tell Congress: VAWA Works. Let’s Keep it! – by Julia Spann


December 10, 2012

Perkins was gunned down by the father of her three-month-old daughter, Jovan Belcher, who then killed himself. Kasandra’s murder made the news because her boyfriend was a professional football player, but family violence is a tragedy that hides in plain sight all around us, every day. Hundreds of Texas women and children are killed by […]

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The “type” of woman the Violence Against Women Act helps


December 10, 2012

by Jenny Martin, Communications Coordinator One client came to the U.S. from her home country on a fiancé visa. She met her fiancé online, and he came to her country and “wooed” her – taking her on trips, telling her about the family he wanted to have. He treated her with gentleness and kindness. When […]

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Help support SafePlace this Holiday Season


December 6, 2012

Anna* has never known anything but abuse. It began when she was still a little girl, and led her to a life of addiction and violent relationships with men.  But everything changed when she gave birth to her son Marco*. Realizing she needed help to be a better mother to her son, Anna started attending […]

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How to talk to a stranger about sexual assault: Jen’s story


December 5, 2012

By Jen Smith, SafePlace Community Education Intern I never would have thought that taking a bathroom break would turn out to be providential. I know what you are thinking, “Am I reading a post about being an active bystander that opens with a restroom scene? Seriously?” Yes, you are. I had just finished my last […]

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