Denton County Friends of the Family

Investing in safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

aka Friends of the Family   |   DENTON, TX   |  www.dcfof.org

Mission

We provide compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Toni Johnson-Simpson

Associate Executive Director

Katherine Flowers

Main address

PO BOX 640

DENTON, TX 76202 USA

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EIN

75-1734175

NTEE code info

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence. 2 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault. We provide compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Advocacy

Denton County Friends of the Family has a staff of advocates who are trained professionals who provide support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Advocates are often the first to assist survivors as they navigate through the difficult and often confusing legal processes. Denton County Friends of the Family works closely with the District Attorney's Office and has a licensed attorney on staff that consults on legal questions, provides training on relevant legal issues, and collaborates with legal service providers to increase pro-bono legal resources for clients. In addition, staff members and volunteers meet with survivors at court, provide referrals to attorneys and organizations that provide legal advice, and sit alongside survivors in the courtroom during proceedings to offer support. Our advocates will also discuss safety planning, shelter options, counseling opportunities, and available resources to each survivor during the intake appointment. Advocates help offer referrals to other community resources when needed. Advocates also guide survivors of sexual assault with the process of the criminal justice system. Since the expectations of the court system are unknown by most, the process can be overwhelming. While final decisions about a case are not always in the control of the survivor, an advocate’s involvement can help to ensure that survivors’ rights are upheld throughout the process. Denton County Friends of the Family understands the importance of survivors having informed, confident advocates who can help guide and support them through the legal system. Advocates will also assist survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to improve their financial safety. Lack of economic stability directly impacts the immediate physical safety of victims who are afraid to leave, because they will not be able to survive without the economic support of the abuser. Assisting clients to obtain financial assistance and autonomy often empowers victims to leave an abusive situation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Friends of the Family offers emergency shelter for survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault. Persons seeking shelter may call the crisis line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-572-4031 or 940-382-7273. Eligibility for shelter will be determined based on safety concerns related to relationship violence or sexual assault, resulting in the person having no safe place to stay. In the event a caller is not eligible for our shelter, referrals to other local resources will be provided.

Services Available at Shelter

Adult Advocacy and Case Management - The advocates are available to assist clients to develop and update a service plan that is tailored for their family. This can include assistance with Protective Orders, Crime Victim’s Compensation, safety planning, finding and obtaining housing, and working toward short and long-term goals.

Child Advocacy and Case Management - The children’s advocate is available to current shelter families. The children’s advocate partners with the mother to actively work together to meet the children’s educational, mental health, and physical needs.

Crisis Intervention - Crisis intervention staff are available in the evenings, overnight, and on weekends to assist with gaining access to basic needs such as toiletries, clothing, or food; safety planning; assistance in resolving concerns; supportive listening and encouragement; referrals to counseling staff or other mental health resources; and referrals to resources in the area.

Counseling - Individual counseling is available for all adult clients upon request.

After School Program - The Children’s Program hosts an informal after school program where they facilitate age appropriate activities and assist children with their homework.

Play Therapy and Adolescent Counseling - We offer play therapy or adolescent counseling to children under 18 in the shelter.

Groups – Several groups are offered at the shelter for clients including healing and recovery, parent support groups, and choosing healthy relationships.

Basic Needs – We provide for basic needs such as food, toiletries, some transportation assistance, some medication assistance, and clothing assistance.

Pet Shelter – We have partnered with DASF to provide some limited assistance to clients during their stay at a shelter to house their pets in an offsite kennel while they seek safety in a shelter.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Denton County Friends of the Family provides free professional counseling services to child, adolescent, and adult victims of relationship violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse.

Professional counseling is provided by staff counselors and counseling interns. Staff counselors have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a counseling related field and are licensed or license eligible and all counseling interns are currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in counseling or a related field.

All counselors strictly adhere to the ethical guidelines identified by the state licensing boards, as well as those outlined by the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.

Counseling services are designed to fit the needs and experiences of the clients in a warm and non-judgmental, supportive environment. Information shared in counseling is kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of Friends of the Family

Population(s) Served
Adults

Counseling is available to children and adolescents, ages 3-17, who have been victims and/or witnesses of relationship violence (physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse) or sexual assault on a case by case basis.

Counseling services help build self-esteem, teach new coping skills, and provide a safe environment to process traumatic experiences. Counseling involves building trust by going at the child's pace, letting the child choose what to say and when, and accepting the child and his or her perception of the world.

Child & Adolescent Counseling Services Include:

Play therapy/Activity therapy - helping children express themselves through toys and activities.
Adolescent Counseling - helping adolescents express themselves through talk or activities.
Group Counseling - in which children join with other children or siblings to explore related issues (groups may be activity, talk to play-therapy based).
Family Counseling - in a case by case basis, exploring issues related to relationship between parent/guardian.
Parent Consultations - in which caregivers discuss their child's progress and needs, learn new parenting skills and receive support and resources, usually once a month throughout their child's counseling process.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Services for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Assault
No appointment is necessary for immediate 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy services including hospital accompaniment. Call the crisis hotline at 800-572-4031 or 940-382-7273 for more information 24 hours a day.
Crisis Intervention and Advocacy are available during regular business hours (9 A.M. - 8 P.M. Monday-Thursday and 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. on Fridays). Call the crisis hotline at 800-572-4031 or 940-382-7273 for more information.
All services listed are available at our Outreach Office located: 4845 S. I-35E, Corinth, TX 76210
Advocacy and case management
Court accompaniment
Law Enforcement Offices accompaniment
Hospital accompaniment
Attorneys' office accompaniment
Group and individual counseling for adults
Activity therapy, group counseling, and individual counseling for adolescents (ages 11-17)
Play therapy for children (ages 3-10)

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are best known as the emergency shelter in the area, but for years now our agency has been building our capacity in order to provide transitional housing. When you think about everything that goes into a survivor of domestic violence thriving on their own- enough money saved for a deposit on a house or apartment, a stable job earning enough to make ends meet, transportation to get herself and her kids to/from work and school, and a support system to help her through it- 30 days in emergency shelter is just not enough.

That is where our new program comes in! We know that for many survivors of family violence, for their life apart from their abuser to be sustainable they need more time to build a foundation. After exiting our emergency shelter, clients can now move in to their very own apartment thanks to our Transitional Housing program! We are able to help victims of sexual and domestic violence secure safe housing options as they transition out of the emergency shelter, flee from an abusive home or are recovering from the financial abuse that 98% of victims of domestic violence experience. The transitional housing program provides safe housing combined with comprehensive services to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in their path to independence and emotional well-being.

The launch of our transitional housing program will meet a critical need for domestic violence and sexual assault victims as they struggle to achieve financial stability. The program is funded by awards from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and the Criminal Justice Division Grant (CJD). ESG offers short term housing assistance for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. CJD offers financial assistance for 6-18 months and additional services such as counseling, life skills, budgeting, and employment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

24 Hour Crisis Line
940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031

We operate the sexual assault, rape crisis and domestic violence crisis line for the entire County of Denton.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our legal department consists of 2 on staff attorneys, a paralegal and legal assistant. They provide legal services for clients ranging from protective orders, family law needs, child custody as well as hosting legal clinics for victims.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This was Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIPP)

The focus of the VIPP Program is to help people who are abusive or become violent in intimate relationships.

What is Abuse?

Relationship violence usually involves a pattern of repeated, abusive behaviors that can escalate over time. Abusive behaviors are destructive to the relationship and are used to have power and control over the partner. These behaviors include verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, which can be covert or overt in nature.

Physical Abuse - Is the use of bodily actions and weapons to threaten, punish, dominate, restrain, control, injure, corrupt, or control another person.
Emotional and Verbal abuse - is the use of mental tactics such as aggression, anger, humiliation, sabotage, fear, manipulation, dominance and threats to inflict emotional damage on another person.
Sexual Abuse - is the use of forced or unwanted sexual activities to dominate, manipulate, threaten or control another person.
Financial Abuse - Is the use of money or money related matters to dominate, manipulate, threaten, control or take financial advantage of another person.
Religious or Spiritual Abuse - Controlling, damaging or constraining of another person’s religious values and interests, practices or icons or misstating religious purposes to abuse another person.


VIPP PROGRAM CURRICULUM

The curriculum for the battering intervention groups is psycho-educational in nature. It addresses both the participants beliefs system which they use to justify their behaviors and it teaches new, respectful and equality based behaviors, to replace the abusive ones. This is done through our curriculum which is based upon the Duluth model of education groups for men who batter.

The groups are open, which means participants can enter the group at any time. This can be helpful to reduce the defensiveness of participants when they first begin the groups.

There are nine topics covered during their 27-week participation and we spend three weeks on each topic. These topics are based on the Power and Control and Equality wheel that was developed by talking to battered women about the abusive, controlling behaviors used by their batterer to control them. The nine themes are:
1. Non-violence
2. Non-threatening
3. Respect
4. Trust and Support
5. Accountability
6. Sexual Respect
7. Partnership
8. Negotiation and Fairness
9. Parenting

In general, each week has these components:

1. Pay their group fee.
2. Check-in: this is used for client to report significant events regarding his relationship that he wants to discuss with the group. It may also be used if the client feels he needs support form the group if he is having a hard time implementing what he is learning in group.
3. Review homework if given from the previous week.
4. Participate in exercises and/or activities outlined for that particular lesson.
5. Processing what client has learned during that session.
6. Participants must always address their partner by her first name. This is to help participants think of their partner as a person, not an object.

Each topic usually is covered for three weeks. Each topic has these components:

1. Definition of the topic. This is to help clients “be on the same page” about what we are discussing.
2. Homework is given. This may be in their workbook, separate handout or they may be asked to bring something such as a newspaper article to class which is applicable to that particular topic.
3. Experiential exercises. Often there are interactive exercises designed to help clients look at their own behaviors and the effects those behaviors have on others.
4. Applicable videos may be used.
5. Minimization, denial and blame are always addressed in group.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Community Education is a big part of what we do here at Denton County Friends of the Family. We offer programs about the prevention of relationship violence and sexual assault to all parts of our community. From our Bumbles presentations with children as young as kindergarten-aged to Media Literacy presentations for adults, we cover the whole spectrum of education about relationship violence and sexual assault. To schedule a presentation, call and speak to someone in our Community Education department at 940-387-5131.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Provide safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention for victims of sexual and domestic violence. We do that through comprehensive services including transitional housing, shelter, counseling, advocacy, community education and legal support.

*Partnering with the community including our volunteers, board members, business community, law enforcement and criminal justice officials
*Providing education to thousands of students and community leaders each month
*Provide programs that allow clients access to comprehensive services
*Raising awareness and support through marketing, events and fundraising efforts

*A talented staff of individuals who are experts in the field of sexual and domestic violence providing comprehensive services
*Marketing team that helps raise support and generate new volunteers
*Key fundraising events
*Community education team that educates thousands of students and community leaders
*Administrative team that oversees grant funding and operations
*Dedicated Board of Directors

In 2018...

4,139 CLIENTS SERVED
39,557 PEOPLE EDUCATED
5,013 HOURS OF PLAY THERAPY

In 2018 DCFOF served 4,139 women and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault from across Denton County. Compared to 2017, the number of adults served at the Outreach Office increased by 27% and the number of children served at the Outreach Office increased by 47%.

In 2018 DCFOF provided community education to 39,557 students and members of local community organizations, a 37% increase from 2017. Our Community Educators present to students in every school district in the County. We are all about prevention through education.

In 2018 DCFOF provided 5,013 hours of play therapy to children impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, a 50% increase from 2017. The additional services are possible because of our new Hope & Healing Wing- keep an eye out for an invitation to the grand opening.

Looking to the future...

Our emergency shelter is at capacity year round. We will be working to build a new and improved shelter in the years to come - the DCFOF Safe Campus.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Individuals and their families who have been impacted by Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Denton County Friends of the Family

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ashley Adebogun

Mind Matters Psychiatry

Term: 2016 - 2023

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.