Domestic violence victims remembered at the Paul Poag Theatre

Del Rio News-Herald | October 17, 2018

A purple glow filled the Paul Poag Theatre Tuesday during a candlelight vigil to remember victims of domestic violence.

By: Megan Tackett

Del Rio, TX – During the eighth annual ceremony, 136 small lights were illuminated representing each victim who died from an act of domestic violence in Texas throughout the past year.

BCFS Health and Human Services hosted the vigil, which included speeches about prevention and song and dance numbers performed by the city’s youth. Purple lights and ribbons were used to signal the official color of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Project.

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Se reúnen para analizar estrategias de apoyo

Zócalo | September 28, 2018

Se busca dar la atención lo más rápido posible a víctimas de violencia y asalto sexual…

Por Hervey Sifuentes

Del Río, TX – Los integrantes del equipo SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) se reunieron en el Consulado de México en esta población para crear planes de respuesta inmediata y apoyo a las víctimas de violencia y asalto sexual.

El cónsul de México, Carlos Obrador Garrido, recibió a los representantes de diferentes departamentos y agencias locales, quienes son parte de este equipo de intervención que se formó hace dos años para ayudar a las personas de esta población.

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The Courage of a Warrior Mom

BCFS-Del Rio Helps a Domestic Violence Victim Start Over

Jhenovia Campbell had served our country in the United States Air Force, earned several promotions, and seen her share of tense situations as a service member. Ironically, one of her most harrowing experiences was when she decided to uproot her life to escape a domestic abuse situation. She chose to leave as a survivor, before becoming a victim.

As she loaded her 2-year-old daughter in the car, Jhenovia replayed in her mind the gut-wrenching decision to leave her teenage daughter behind in Georgia with a relative while she searched for peace and safety. With no more than a few dollars and the clothes they were wearing, Jhenovia and her toddler drove straight through to Texas, choosing Del Rio to seek immediate refuge with a friend.

Soon after her arrival, Jhenovia learned of BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio, where she met Family Violence Specialist Claudia Lopez. BCFS-Del Rio operates the Del Rio Domestic Violence (DRDV) program, providing safety, support and resources to victims of domestic violence. Through one-on-one support, legal assistance, emergency medical care and referrals for access to community resources, the DRDV program promotes violence-free relationships and community awareness through collaboration, public information, education and advocacy.

Jhenovia recounted her recent history and journey for Lopez, discussing how her commitment to her daughters led to her decision to flee a dangerous home environment. As they spoke, Lopez began carefully planning an effective strategy for Jhenovia’s recovery and reintroduction to a safe, stable and normal life.

“She had done her research and learned about BCFS-Del Rio,” recalls Lopez. “She made it clear she was ready for a change. We filed a protective order, contacted law enforcement in Georgia and obtained all the incident reports.”

“I was impressed with her demeanor and calm voice,” Lopez says. “After all the abuse, here she was standing tall and proud. Then it dawned on me that she was a warrior. The fact that she had served our country made her strong. She was eager to learn and not take any handouts. She values hard work and discipline, and I admire that about her, too.”

Through its Special Non-Residential Program, BCFS-Del Rio’s Domestic Violence Program helped Jhenovia find an apartment and provide her a few items to start a new home. She began her job hunt, and as the start of the school year approached, she coordinated the arrival of her oldest daughter, who would begin sixth grade in a new school. Jhenovia learned about additional community resources that helped empower her and her daughters, and she attended support groups and counseling sessions to help process the events of her recent past to recover from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her former spouse.

Through sheer determination, in just under 60 days in new surroundings, Jhenovia reclaimed her independence, fully aware that the scars of abuse, although in check, remain in her memory. She is gainfully employed and caring for her children. As a testament to her resiliency, unconditional love for her daughters, and strong self-image, Jhenovia is living a life free of the insecurity and uncertainty of domestic abuse.

“I knew she didn’t want to ask for help because she wanted to work and get things done with her own hard-earned money,” says Lopez. “Everyone, at some point, needs help. Thankfully, BCFS was there to offer a few important resources, a little hope, and a shot at a new beginning.”

Self-Defense Workshop

Self-Defense Workshop Teaches Del Rio Girls How to Handle a Physical Altercation
Annual workshop hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio

Thirty-two middle and high school girls learned the basics of self-defense at an annual workshop hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio. The workshop was held in observance of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Photo: Assistant Demonstrates Self Defense Techniqus

Along with instruction in taijutsu martial arts, the young ladies learned how to avoid a dangerous situation, good decision-making skills when in trouble, and how to react in a life-threatening situation. Attendance at the workshop, which was open to girls ages 12-18, doubled from last year.

According to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, one in three girls in the United States is the victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and according to the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center, violent behavior often begins between the ages of 12 and 18. The self-defense workshop equipped girls with the skills to react quickly to destabilize or disarm an attacker.

The workshop was led by Hector Cruz, Jr., a healthcare professional with teacher certifications in tai chi, gymnastics, the martial arts and yoga. Throughout the workshop, Cruz and his squad of assistants demonstrated different moves that used balance, weight and the body’s pressure points to fend off an attacker. After each demonstration, the girls partnered up to try their newly acquired skills.

“We always want our kids to be safe, but when they’re faced with danger, we want them to be prepared to defend themselves if necessary,” said BCFS-Del Rio Family Violence Specialist Claudia Lopez, who organized the workshop. “Although this workshop was only for middle and high school students, some people from around the community have asked us to host a session for older women. Self-defense really is important for people of all ages.”

BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio operates programs to serve those in need throughout Val Verde County, including free counseling and crisis intervention through the Services to At Risk Youth (STAR) program, and domestic violence treatment and prevention through the Del Rio Domestic Violence (DRDV) program.

BCFS-Del Rio’s domestic violence hotline is available around the clock at (830) 768-2755.


For more information about BCFS-Del Rio, or to seek help for an abusive relationship, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio or call (830) 768-2755.

Dads and Daughters Dance the Night Away in Del Rio

Photo: Father Daughter Dance Participants

Father Daughter Dance benefits youth & families

More than 100 fathers and daughters from across Del Rio donned their best Friday night attire to attend the second annual Father Daughter Dance hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio on February 17. The event celebrated the special love between a father and his daughter, and gave families an opportunity for a memorable night of fun, music and bonding.

Several talented father-daughter couples were awarded for their skills on the dancefloor in six different categories: Best Line Dancer, Best 80s Dancer, Best Slow Dance Dancer, Best Cumbia Dancer, Best Country Dancer and Best Overall Dancer. Winning duos in each category received a certificate. DJ Sammy Lopez spun family-friendly tracks that kept dads and their daughters grooving all night.

<blockquote“As soon as people knew there were prizes available for their dancing, they hit the dancefloor!” said BCFS-Del Rio Case Manager Raquel Torres.

During a short intermission, a few dads and their daughters were asked to share with the crowd what their father-daughter relationship means to them. Each attendee spoke lovingly about how special the time is that they spend together – a few proud dads even became teary eyed.

“We had a great turn out,” Torres said. “We had a lot of people who came last year, and just about everyone said that they are looking forward to next year.”

Emily Ray Photography provided professional photographs for fathers and daughters to keep as a memento. The Mexican Consulate in Del Rio also provided gift bags to all those in attendance. Several airmen from nearby Laughlin Air Force Base attended the dance with their daughters.

Photo: Father with his daughter

The dance was held to recognize February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

“A daughter’s first example of how men should treat women often comes from her father, said BCFS Director Delia Ramos. “The dance is a fun way for dads and their daughters to get together and make memories that last a lifetime.”

Sponsors who made the dance possible included DJ Sammy Lopez, Emily Ray Photography, Sugar & Spice Event Decoration, the Mexican Consulate in Del Rio, individual community members, and Queens for a Cause, a local group that donated refreshments for the event. Proceeds from ticket sales at the dance will benefit BCFS-Del Rio’s domestic violence program.


BCFS-Del Rio provides domestic violence prevention and treatment, and crisis intervention and counseling for families. BCFS-Del Rio operates the Services to At Risk Youth (STAR) program to help families reduce conflict, and prevent delinquent behavior like running away or truancy. STAR works with youth and their families to learn to resolve crises and develop coping and parenting skills.

For more information about BFCS-Del Rio, call (830) 768-2755, or visit DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

DEL RIO, TX – Every year, nearly 1.5 million high school students across the country experience physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a dating partner. Teen dating violence affects 1 in 3 adolescents, a rate much greater than other forms of youth violence. The effects of violence among youth are dire and long lasting, as victims are at increased risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.*

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio helps local youth through several programs that provide free counseling and crisis intervention as well as domestic violence prevention and treatment.

BCFS-Del Rio is hosting two special events in recognition of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE
Friday, February 17, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
BCFS-Del Rio, 712 E. Gibbs Street, Ste. 200

SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOPS
Friday, February 24, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
BCFS-Del Rio, 712 E. Gibbs Street, Ste. 200

On Friday, Februrary 17, BCFS-Del Rio invites fathers and their daughters to a night of music and fun at the Father Daughter Dance. Tickets are available for purchase online at DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio or in person at 712 E. Gibbs Street, Suite 200 – $10 for fathers, $5 for daughters. Besides providing a night of memorable family fun, the goal of the event is to give fathers the opportunity to demonstrate how a gentleman behaves on a date and how to treat a young woman with respect and reverence.

On Friday, February 24, BCFS-Del Rio will hold a self-defense workshop on the art of Taijutsu (Japanese for “body technique”) for girls ages 12-18. The workshop will instruct young women on ways to prevent a threatening situation, good decision-making skills when in trouble, and how to protect themselves if their life is ever threatened in an altercation. Space is limited. Call (830) 768-2755 to sign up.

BCFS-Del Rio encourages parents, other trusted adults and friends to look for the warning signs that a teen might be experiencing dating violence. Suspicious bruising, failing grades, and a disinterest in activities or hobbies they once enjoyed are all cause for concern. Signs that a teen may be at risk for carrying out dating violence include issues with anger management, insults or mean-spirited comments toward their partner, and threatening physical harm if there is talk about a break up.

“Our main goal is to foster safe, loving environments in homes and relationships across our community,” says BCFS Director Delia Ramos. “When someone affected by abuse looks to us for help, we use resources, counseling and education to try to help them see that violence is never the answer, and that there are more effective ways to handle problems.”

For more information about BCFS-Del Rio, including help for someone in an abusive relationship, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio or call (830) 768-2755.

*Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Family and Youth Services Bureau.


BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.

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