Dr. Fran Danis is Denton County Friends of the Family’s founding Executive Director.  Dr. Danis received her Masters in Social Work in 1976 from Stony Brook University in New York and immediately moved to Texas.  During her time at Friends of the Family, she also served 6 years on the board of the Texas Council on Family Violence, including 5 years as the chair.  After leaving Friends of the Family in late 1984, she moved to Austin where she lobbied the Texas Legislature on social work related issues. She has studied the resiliency of abuse survivors and their adult daughters, the self-efficacy of service providers to maintain competent services for domestic violence survivors and other crime victims, collegiate sororities and relationship violence, services to sexual assault survivors, coordinated community responses to crime victims, and effective and culturally sensitive services. She has completed multiple publications over the years, including Domestic Violence: Intersectionality and Culturally Competent Practice (2010 – Columbia university press).   

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591 clients were served through legal services in 2017 - Preview

591 clients were served through legal services in 2017