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Our Mission


The mission of the 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.

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Our Mission


The mission of the 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.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I would personally like to invite all the proud survivors of domestic violence to join P.E.A.C.E. Initiative to join us for one of our monthly meetings or events.  In 35 years of service in this field there are no greater sheroes as the survivors of domestic violence.  Through our work we aim to honor your power to transform & re-create your lives & your children's lives. I live inspired by your bold, brave, unending valor. Your light makes San Antonio shine.

Patricia S. Castillo, L.M.S.W.
The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative

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Our History


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Our History


The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative is a private non-profit organization established in 1990 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Order of Benedictine Sisters to address the issues of domestic violence impacting the city.  In 2003, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative spun off on our own and became an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Our membership consists of approximately 50 public and private institutions, grassroots organizations and individuals working collaboratively to end family violence. 

In 2015, P.E.A.C.E Initiative and our sisters at Fuerza Unida are coming together in celebration of our 25th Anniversary's!  Our good friend and community artist, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, created a beautiful logo commemorating this special year in the story of women-led community work in San Antonio, Tejas. As groups sharing a revolutionary commitment to feminist values and community visioning, we’ve also launched a joint campaign to raise funds for us both. A selection of limited edition T-Shirts, flags, and more unique products are available for sale now. 

Call (210) 533-2729 and support 25 Años de Fuerza Unida y P.E.A.C.E Initiative: Revolución de la Mujer Mexicana!

Call (210) 533-2729 and support 25 Años de Fuerza Unida y P.E.A.C.E Initiative: Revolución de la Mujer Mexicana!

25 Años de Fuerza Unida & P.E.A.C.E. Initiative y La Revolución de la Mujer Mexicana Arte Unveiling. Center Bottom Row: Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Artist | September 16, 2015

25 Años de Fuerza Unida & P.E.A.C.E. Initiative y La Revolución de la Mujer Mexicana Arte Unveiling. Center Bottom Row: Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Artist | September 16, 2015

Our 2014-2015 Accomplishments

  • 3 Facilitated National Trainings Raised $10,000.  
  • 4 F.A.C.T training's for SAPD for an average of 100 citizen volunteers.  
  • 7 Articles published in Local Newspaper & Magazine Publications regarding domestic violence.  
  • 9 TV Interviews, with English & Spanish media, reaching an estimated 30,000 individuals per interview.
  • 10 Families were given Thanksgiving Baskets. 30 families received donations of new shoes
  • 12 Monthly meetings held to disseminate information of ongoing issues that concern Domestic Violence.  
  • 25 Officers were trained for the Bexar Co. Sheriff's Department.
  • 81 Individuals participated in Project ADVANCE for 1st time family violence offenders. We have a 75% graduation rate and an 87% non-rearrest rate.  Funded by Bexar County Community Resources
  • 103 Individuals attended Project ADVANCE Holiday Party for Program Participants and their families. Donations from Consulado Mexicano en San Antonio, Congressman Joaquin Castro, Alvin Hernandez, Bexar County Pre-Trial Division, EISD Superintendent-Dr. Jose Cervantes and University Health System Social Worker, Mary Jo Rodriguez,Ph.D.
  • 2968 Participants attended workshops or groups focusing on domestic violence and child abuse.
  • 5,417 Participants received information on prevention of domestic violence and child abuse. Funded by Southwest Key
  • Successfully advocated for continued funding of city domestic violence intervention services within SAPD, when they were threatened by proposed City budget cuts.
  • Hosted the 2nd Annual "Dads Building a Lifetimes of Love" to honor the good works of the fathers, funded by a $5000 VERIZON grant.
  • Hosted the 2nd Annual "PEACE in the Plaza" domestic violence awareness event at Main Plaza Conservancy, Funded by City of San Antonio Department of Culture and Creative Development.  See video here:  https://youtu.be/QaHs7rNGSHk


Recent Awards and Recognitions:

  • Selected by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber to be one of 21 participants in their inaugural Latina Leadership Institute (2015)
  • Selected by Univision San Antonio as one their "Lo Mejor de Lo Nuestro" for distinguished service to the community. (2015)
  • Awarded the Meteor Award by the San Antonio Women's Chamber of Commerce & they selected P.E.A.C.E. Initiative as its beneficiary from their 2015 Golf Tournament fundraising efforts. (2014)
  • Awarded the The Community Champion Award by the Bexar County 14th Annual Conference of the Center for Health Care Services (2014)
  • Awarded by the Association of Women in Communications San Antonio Chapter, the 2014 Headliner Award for Professional Achievement (2014)

 

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Who We Are


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Who We Are


Our Staff

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PATRICIA S. CASTILLO, L.M.S.W. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Patricia has 35 years of working to end violence against women and families. In 1990, she co-founded the P.E.A.C.E. (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts) Initiative, a coalition of 48 agencies, organizations and individuals as well as the F.A.C.T. (Family Assistance Crisis Teams) Program based in San Antonio, Texas. Using collaboration and community organization she serves as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to civic, legal, medical, religious, activist, educational, human resource and media groups.  She’s done casework at the Women’s Shelter and with inmate women and their families at the County Jail. She was the first social worker ever assigned to the police Sex Crimes Unit-Homicide Bureau. She’s a Board Member of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.   Internationally, she has worked with the National Women’s Institute and the National Network of Shelters in Mexico City and el Centro de Justicia Familiar in Monterrey, Mexico. Other cities in Mexico she’s done training for are Acuña, Cancun and Oaxaca.  She has also done training in Honduras, Brazil, China, Russia and Guatemala.  She also worked for the U.S. State Department in 5 major cities in Nicaragua educating about the issue of family violence.

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VERONICA DAVILA
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Veronica Davila has worked in the community for thirty years. Veronica has worked extensively with The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative since its inception. She is a formerly battered woman and has assisted other women to become free from abuse. Veronica is bi-lingual and bi-cultural and has been trained in substance abuse counseling by the Texas Ethnic Minority Substance Abuse Training Institute. The majority of her work experience has been with non–profit community based organizations. She has experience in the planning and implementation of programs working to end family violence. She has an extensive knowledge of the community because of her work and she maintains working relationships with community-based organizations that work to end family violence. She has worked in the Bexar County Jail to education male and female detainees about family violence issues. She can handle crisis calls and assist individuals seeking information or referrals. She has worked as an administrative assistant for several non-profit organizations, can do public speaking, grant writing and fundraising, experience in the planning and the implementation of special events.

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MARY LOU MENDOZA 
PROJECT ADVANCE*

Mary Lou Mendoza is the program coordinator for Project ADVANCE* (Addressing Violence and Abuse through Networking, Client Education, and Empowerment), of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative.  She works with first time offenders of Domestic Violence in a classroom setting as well as wrap around services to address healing, choice-making, and personal goal-setting in an effort to eliminate use of violence or coercion as a means of control.  As a survivor of domestic violence, Mary Lou understands the reality of abuse, escape, and transformation, and uses this experience to help others overcome victimization, and promote healing for victims and batterers.  Besides being passionate about helping people, Mary Lou is an avid learner and was persistent about earning her college degrees. In February 2015, Mary Lou attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a Concentration in Cultural Competencies, and an Associate of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies.  She takes great pride in the accomplishments since overcoming domestic violence and her sincerest wish is to help others do the same.  Mary Lou joined the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative in March 2012.

The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative office is open Monday - Friday, 10am-6pm.  •  (210) 533-2729


Our Board of Directors

Board President - Jane ShaferSAPD, Special Victims Unit, F.A.C.T. Program Coordinator and Co-Founder P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and F.A.C.T. Program.

Board Secretary Rachel CavazosInterim Executive Director, Housing Authority of Bexar County

Director Joe M. Guerra, Retired business owner and researcher. Education activist.

Director - Debora Kueztpalin VasquezFine Arts Department Director, OLLUSA

Director Irene ChavezTejas Premier


Our Members

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The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative is a diverse coalition of grassroots organizations, public and private institutions and individuals working collaboratively to eradicate family violence through education and mobilization. We have a significant track record over our 25 year history of advocating for battered women and their children.  It’s through our members that we are able to achieve these accomplishments.

Education for the prevention of family violence is one of the most effective ways of slowing the rate of people injured or killed by spouses or partners. Through our education and advocacy efforts, we are improving the community response to domestic violence and building a network of skilled, energetic advocates making a difference in the community.  A strong coalition gives survivors a united voice when communicating with policy makers and potential funders of innovative domestic violence programming in this community. Click here to find out how you can join us and become a member today!

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