Our regularly scheduled P.E.A.C.E. Meetings are held every 1st Tuesday of the month
At noon at The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative.
1443 S. St Mary’s Street
For more info: Call the office at (210) 533-2729
F.A.C.T. Training — The Family
Assistance Crisis Team training is
for volunteers willing to assist
victims of family violence, held at
police substations. Please call
Jane Shafer, 207-2136 for more
|The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative
|1443 S. St. Mary's, San Antonio, Texas 78210
(210) 533-2729 (210) 533-0880 fax
P.E.A.C.E. Initiative programs on domestic violence include:
Education and Training
Increase public awareness on domestic violence by teaching, training, public speaking, in public, private,
alternative, university and college class room settings, public meetings, open forums, neighborhood
meetings, churches of all denominations. We educate and train on topics such as peoples’ legal rights,
possible legal remedies, approaches for legal advocacy, the services and resources available in the
state, municipal and county levels, to complement these efforts such as safety planning, counseling
needs, advocacy in the civil and criminal justice system, income needs, education needs, childcare
needs, protection through law enforcement needs. We train and educate people in the medical, law
enforcement, child protection, social service, religious, corporate, legal, education, inmate (youth and
adult), criminal justice supervision, community and civic leaders on issues of domestic violence such as
resources available, culturally relevant interventions, appropriate case management, and safety
planning. We also teach others, such as survivors how to advocate for themselves in these systems, as
well as how to work with the mainstream and alternative media (TV, print, audio) to help educate the
community about the issues we face as a community due to domestic violence. We serve on boards and
commissions, at the local, state and national levels to represent the grass roots experience of dealing
with domestic violence as interventions, rules, policy and procedure themes are addressed in developing
practice models for responding to family violence.
Responsible Fatherhood Programming
“Men Cultivating the Power of P.E.A.C.E. – Hombres Cultivando el Poder de Paz”. This program is
collaborating with community based organizations especially women’s organizations to learn about the
extent and impact of family violence. This campaign will engage males in the learning about and need
for stopping the spousal and child abuse violence and involve them in community education, arts,
activist, organizing, faith based and neighborhood events and activities to do so.
We are working with the Mexican Consulate and maintain an ongoing dialogue with them, meet quarterly
and have them attend trainings on the legal remedies they have open to them for helping them assist
their immigrant clients.
Offender Population -- Project ADVANCE* Addressing Violence & Abuse through Networking, Client
Education and Empowerment
We work with the offender population in Bexar County that are first time arrestees, to educate them
about domestic violence, to promote healthy relationships, to lower recidivism rates, and intervene in the
cyclical nature of domestic violence withing the criminal justice system. They are court ordered nine, two
hour sessions that involve learning about their responsibilities and options with regard to stopping
domestic violence, impact of D.V. on children, child custody, parental obligations, as survivors and or
perpetrators of domestic violence, etc. They also receive wrap around case management services to
help them interrupt and stop the violence.
Coalition Building and Community Organizing
We work to engage community members in discussions about the effects of family violence on family
members and the community as a whole. We are training them to know what to expect from law
enforcement in terms of laws, safety, protections, resources and their rights which they in turn will teach
other community residents. We have learned that most survivors of family violence seek help with those
people closest to them, therefore it is imperative we build a community consciousness of awareness,
accountability and response. This way that community member, will know what to say, how to respond,
and where to send survivors of family violence for the appropriate help and support they need.
We advocate for the systemic changes needed within the institutions of the community to effectively
respond to these needs. We challenge law enforcement when they deviate from departmental policy in
response to family violence calls. Advocate on how city dollars are spent in terms of effective response
from community agencies. The judicial system as a vital link in dealing effectively with domestic violence,
the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative has worked to improve the criminal and civil response to domestic violence.
During October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative plans, designs
and implements events and activities in a citywide effort to create awareness, get community involved, in
eradicating the violence in families.
Esteemed P.E.A.C.E. members, friends and allies,
We are very happy and proud to announce that we have been granted 65K from Bexar County Community Resources for the growth of Project
ADVANCE--Addressing Violence and Abuse through Networking, Client Education and Empowerment.
This of course is all due to the excellent work of our Program Coordinator Mary Lou Mendoza...and the fabulous documentation, evaluation and
monitoring of Dr. Mary Jo Rodriguez, Olinda Martinez, Nancy Taguacta and Aurora Sanchez.