The mission of P.E.A.C.E. (Putting An End to Abuse through Community Efforts) Initiative is to educate the community about the extent, and often-deadly consequences of domestic violence and to respond effectively through collaborative efforts.
The Peace Initiative also offers many training and education programs for awareness and prevention of domestic violence.
- We work to increase public awareness on domestic violence by teaching, training, and public speaking, in public, private, alternative, university and college classroom settings, public meetings, open forums, neighborhood meetings, churches of all denominations.
- We train people in the medical, law enforcement, child protection, social service, religious, corporate, legal, education, inmate (youth and adult), criminal justice supervision fields, as well as community and civic leaders, and educate them on issues of domestic violence such as resources available, culturally relevant interventions, appropriate case management, and safety planning.
- We also focus on the plight as it affects the lives of the youth by educating about teen dating violence.
- We serve on boards and commissions, at the local, state and national levels to represent the grassroots experience of dealing with domestic violence as interventions, rules, policy and procedure themes are addressed in developing practice models for responding to family violence.
We advocate for the systemic changes needed within the institutions of the community to effectively respond to these needs.
We challenge law enforcement when they deviate from departmental policy in response to family violence calls. Advocate on how city dollars are spent in terms of effective response from community agencies.
The judicial system as a vital link in dealing effectively with domestic violence, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative has worked to improve the criminal and civil response to domestic violence. During October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative plans, designs and implements events and activities in a citywide effort to create awareness, get community involved, in eradicating the violence in families.
We work to engage community members in discussions about the effects of family violence on family members and the community as a whole.
We are training them to know what to expect from law enforcement in terms of laws, safety, protections, resources and their rights which they in turn will teach other community residents.
We have learned that most survivors of family violence seek help with those people closest to them, therefore it is imperative we build a community consciousness of awareness, accountability and response.
This way that community member, will know what to say, how to respond, and where to send survivors of family violence for the appropriate help and support.
This program is a free legal service for survivors of domestic violence in need of a protective order, divorce, custody, and property division. This service also includes case management and court advocacy. The program is grant-funded and survivors must qualify based on the national poverty guidelines.
Contact 210-533-2729 for more information
P.E.A.C.E Initiative works with Empower House providing educational classes on domestic violence to the mutual clients we serve. These classes are delivered in both English and Spanish. We do case management/consultation for the individual students in our classes.
We work to increase public awareness regarding domestic violence by teaching, training, and speaking in public, private, alternative, and classroom settings, as well as public meetings, open forums, neighborhood meetings, and churches.
We train people in the medical, law enforcement, child protection, social service, religious, corporate, legal, education, and criminal justice fields, as well as community and civic leaders, educating them on issues of domestic violence such as resources available, culturally relevant interventions, appropriate case management, and safety planning. We also focus on the plight as it affects the lives of the youth by educating them about teen dating violence.
P.E.A.C.E Initiative works with the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM) non-profit program for at risk youth and moms, providing their staff with training and case debriefing services for the population that they serve.
P.E.A.C.E Initiative offers free parenting classes in both English and Spanish. Most of the clients in these classes are referred from Child Protective Services.
Contact 210-533-0880 to sign up