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1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in our community will be impacted by domestic violence. As the sole provider of services for the victims and survivors in our community, we know these numbers to be tragically accurate. In 2018, we served over 4,000 women and children seeking help across Denton County and had an average of 200 brand new clients walk through our doors every month. While it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many in our community that are suffering at the hands of someone that they should love and trust, we know that these high numbers are actually a good thing. It means that our neighbors and friends know where to go for help, and are asking for help when it is needed. For too long there has been a culture of silence and shame around family violence and sexual violence. That is no longer how our community views these crimes, and we have our partnership with community leaders to thank for it.
From local politicians, to Denton County police forces, to business leaders alike, we are proud to be able to form partnerships and promote a culture of empathy and awareness. Not only for the sake of bringing in more funds for our agency, but for having others in the community help us shine a light on how far we have come, and how much we have gained to help the people in our community who need us. As the saying goes, it takes a village. Becoming an Annual Partner, such as Partner with a Purpose, with DCFOF is one way to take a stand against violence, and to say: "You are not alone".
DCFOF's 2019 Partner with a Purpose is The Julian Firm, P.C., with Jared Julian, Founder and President of the firm awarding DCFOF $5,000. Mr. Julian is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Julian has been a licensed attorney in the State of Texas since 2001. The attorneys and paralegals at the Julian Firm, P.C. represent individuals going through difficult family law related matters including, divorce, child custody disputes, child support issues, alimony/spousal maintenance, modification of prior court orders and all other family law related matters.
Mr. Julian is recognized as a Family Law expert in the State of Texas and he is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than one percent of all Texas law attorneys are board certified in Family Law. Mr. Julian is also rated as “Super Lawyer,” a distinction limited to 5 percent of all Texas attorneys. For over 15 years, Mr. Julian’s practice has focused on family law and has handled well over a thousand cases. He has handled extremely high net-worth divorces, highly contested custody disputes and C.P.S. termination cases, but also counsels his clients through more amicable cases often resolved through settlement. Mr. Julian is a highly sought-after mediator with a successful mediation resolution rate over 95%.
“What we know is that the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence is as they are trying to end the relationship,” says Toni Johnson-Simpson DCFOF Executive Director. “It is so important to have professionals in the family law field that recognize signs of domestic violence and are actively working to support victims in their day to day lives. As a member of the DCFOF Board of Directors and our 2019 Partner with a Purpose, Jared Julian and his firm have taken a stand against domestic violence. As Denton County continues to expand, so does the need for our services. In the last year we have seen a 50% increase in children served with play therapy, a 52% increase in clients needing advocacy services, and a 24% increase in new clients coming through our doors. It is more important than ever to have strong partnerships like the one with The Julian Firm, P.C. to continue to provide the quality and quantity of services to every person in need. I want to thank Mr. Julian and the staff of The Julian Firm, P.C. for their commitment to safety, hope, healing, justice and prevention for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.”
To learn more about becoming an Impact Maker Annual Partner, reach out to the DCFOF Marketing & Development Department at the link below. We would love to speak with you about how we can work together to make an impact on the victims and survivors in Denton County.