Announcing the 2017 Legacy of Women Honorees

SafeHaven is excited to announce this year’s Legacy of Women honorees! These women are recognized for their leadership, impact, and commitment to our Tarrant County community. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination form and who helped throughout the selection process. We are grateful for our community of friends and leaders who want to share in this long standing tradition!

The Power of a Birthday Party- Thank you Birthday Party Project!

When I asked around the office for a fun story or volunteer project to highlight this week, several coworkers recommended the Birthday Party Project without hesitation and a BIG smile.  Within minutes, my inbox was inundated with stories, special memories, photos, and overwhelming thanks for this non-profit that volunteers at our emergency shelters. In just a few hours every month, this …

SafeHaven will meet you where you are

From the desk of Kathryn Jacob, SafeHaven CEO There was a murder in Granbury last week. According to investigators, Tommy George Dooley shot his wife, LaVera Aiken Dooley, at point blank range while she was on the phone with 9-1-1. They were an older couple who had only recently married. LaVera’s last breaths could reportedly be heard on the 9-1-1 call. I know SafeHaven needs to comment on …

Ray and Janay Rice back in the spotlight

What does that mean for domestic violence victims? With Ray Rice’s suspension overturned, his family is once again in the spotlight. Janay Rice spoke with Matt Lauer this morning on the Today Show, and some of her comments will spark discussions. We wanted to share our thoughts. While Ray Rice’s suspension was overturned, that doesn’t change the fact that he abused his …

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Honoring Texas Victims: 119 Women Killed in Texas in 2013

New Report Released During Domestic Violence Awareness Month Shows Increase in the Number of Women Killed in Texas, Increase in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with Dallas County having the Highest Per Capita Female Murder Rate in the state at 1:62,752    Fort Worth, Texas – October 6, 2014 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today released a new …

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Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Volunteers Breathe New Life into Fort Worth Shelter

Volunteers from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services breathed new life into a portion of SafeHaven of Tarrant County’s Fort Worth shelter Tuesday, September 9. The shelter was damaged earlier this year when a flood caused by a burst pipe rendered 40 percent of the building, including resident’s living quarters and student classrooms, unusable. SafeHaven provides a safe place for nearly 1,000 women …

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NFL takes a step in the right direction with new domestic violence policy

We want to commend the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell for responding to the outrage following the Ray Rice’s two-game suspension, which as Goodell has now admitted himself, was a mistake. The new policy isn’t perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. Some of the things this policy does well are: Increasing punishment for offenders, up to …

When athletes make hits off the field, we can’t be silent

In the last two weeks, domestic violence dominated sports headlines. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for the first two games of this season for dragging his unconscious fiancée from an elevator, or technically, “violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following his off-season arrest for domestic violence.”  After a barrage of media attention, five months after the incident, …

Take the #DFWDadsforDaughters Pledge

Fathers can — and should — play a vital role supporting equality and freedom from gender-based violence. Join fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and brothers across Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) as they pledge their effort to reduce and end violence against women and girls. #DFWDadsForDaughters Pledge Add Your Name

Yes, it is domestic violence

In a June 5 Star Telegram story reporting the arrest of Cedric McGinnis for the brutal murder of  April Serrano; her mother, Cynthia Serrano; and her aunt, Kathy DeLeon, a Fort Worth police sergeant is quoted as saying, “We have no indication that this is a domestic-violence-related case. Family members and friends told us that McGinnis and April had dated …