In a topsy-turvy world human beings are pretty darn resilient. They come up with new ways to carry on. A perfect example is The Family Place’s dedication of its new Southern Dallas Counseling Center tomorrow. Usually those types of events are by-invitation-only. But this one will be open to everyone to attend, and no one will have to leave their keyboard because it’s taking place virtually on Facebook Live at 11 a.m.
In addition to the new offices having more space to “provide counseling and case management service to victims of family violence in Southern Dallas,” the Center will also be “home to The Family Place’s new African American Domestic Violence Council (AADVC) that was established to address the high rate of domestic violence homicides among African American women in Dallas County.”
Its opening is extremely timely following a report from The University of Dallas finding that “domestic violence incidents increased 12.5% with the shelter-at-home orders.”
On the program will be TFP CEO Paige Flink, Dallas City Council Member Tennell Atkins, Concord Church Pastor Bryan Carter, TFP Board Member Delia Jasso and TFP Community Outreach Advocate Theresa Little, who will moderate a discussion with AADVC members Torrey Carroll and Maggie Cathcart.
According to Paige, “The Family Place has always served victims of family violence in Southern Dallas, but we began to see an increased need for services in this area. Today The Family Place is still the only family violence agency with an office there, and we are thrilled to open this new facility to provide services to a population that has traditionally been underserved.”