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. One of the opportunities to make an impact on our community is to become a DCFOF Impact Maker Annual Partner. To support DCFOF in 2019, our Annual Partner donated $10,000 to go back into the life-saving services provided to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
DCFOF's 2019 Impact Maker Annual Partner is Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers (CRC). CRC is a Family Law firm that opened in 1998 and has served the community ever since with high-quality customer service and a client-focused approach. One of the things that make Denton County feel like home to the partners is the strong sense of community and connected spirit of its members. In that same vein, CRC has chosen to make 2019 a year to give back to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community in need of support.
“Denton County Friends of the Family has played a huge part in my professional life, and the personal lives of several friends, family members, and clients since our firm came to Denton more than 20 years ago,” stated CRC founding shareholder,Duane L. Coker. “Their positive impact in our area is impossible to measure. We are thrilled to be a part of allowing that impact to continue in the lives of those served by DCFOF and to partner with such a great organization.”
As the sole provider in Denton County of lifesaving services to those affected by relationship violence and/or sexual assault, DCFOF has an important role in the community. Kelly Robb, CRC shareholder reflected: "I have over 15 years of experience in Family Law and one of my areas of focus is child custody cases and cases involving Child Protective Services. There is nothing more devastating than a child in the middle of a sad, and often dangerous, situation. Duane, Jacqueline and I want to do everything in our power to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children receive the services they need to find safety, hope, healing, and justice. We are excited to be partnering with Denton County Friends of the Family as their Impact Maker Annual Partner; together we can make our community a safer place!"
"Denton County has been my home for almost my whole life and I am passionate about making it the best community it can be," continued Jacqueline Cannon, shareholder at CRC. "As a practicing Family Violence attorney for 11 years, I know that the tragic crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault happen far too often, even in our own backyard. That is why Duane, Kelly and I have decided to take a step toward addressing this issue in our community by being Friends of the Family's Impact Maker Annual Partner. Together we strive to help those in need; both through our legal services at Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers and through our support of Friends of the Family."
“In 2018 we served over 4,000 women and children at Friends of the Family,” says Toni Johnson-Simpson DCFOF Executive Director. “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 Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers to continue to provide the quality and quantity of services to every person in need. I want to thank the partners at Coker, Robb & Cannon for their commitment to safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.”