On Saturday morning, April 9th, 2016 thousands of people will gather at Trinity Park Duck Pond for the 20th annual Victory Over Violence Walk/Run. Some will come for the exercise, some for the food, fun and camaraderie, some to compete for the fastest time in the 5K. But others will be there to celebrate their personal victories over violence — victories achieved with help from The Women’s Center of Tarrant County.
The Women’s Center has been inspiring, teaching and empowering women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty for over 35 years. Working with various community partners including hospitals, social services providers, educators, law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, The Women’s Center staff and its 600 volunteers served over 100,000 people a year.
The Women’s Center’s Rape Crisis and Victim Services program is one of the most comprehensive in the country. The program provides a 24-hour hotline for victims of sexual assault, caring advocates during hospital rape exams, court and legal process accompaniment and individual and group counseling for as long as needed. All of these services are provided at no charge and are funded in part through proceeds from the Victory Over Violence Walk/Run.
A few years ago a couple of Chuck Noteboom’s clients received counseling from The Womens’ Center after both had been victims of unwanted sexual advances by a member of management while on the job. Noteboom filed suit and won. Noteboom commented “All I could do was get them money, but the help these women received from The Women’s Center turned my clients’ lives around,” Since that time Chuck Noteboom and the lawyers in his Hurst Law Firm have been major contributors to the Center and the annual Victory Over Violence event.
To learn more about the programs and services offered by The Women’s Center go to www.womenscentertc.org. or for more information about this year’s event, including registration and sponsorship details, go to www.vovfw.org or call 817-927-4006.