ABOUT US

The Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which has been providing strategies, services and solutions to help family violence victims find safety and regain control of their lives across North Texas since 2006.

Founded by family violence survivor and communications professional J.J. Smith, our organization’s leadership includes abuse survivors, elected officials and leading professionals from the fields of law, law enforcement, healthcare, education and business.

During our first decade or service, we have partnered with non-profits, businesses, governments and individuals to improve the lives of dozens of family violence victims, survivors and family members.

Because of our efforts:

  • A new law was passed unanimously in 2011 making it illegal for parents and guardians to show porn to their children in Texas
  • Hundreds of news stories were published across Texas and the U.S. about the need for the law
  • Grandparents in Amarillo were able to adopt their teenage grandson who had been left in a house in Dallas during the winter with no heat and little water or food by his mother and her boyfriend
  • A Cleburne couple who adopted the husband’s nephew who suddenly died were able to clear their names publicly of Injury To A Child charges
  • The adoptive parents were able to tell thousands of people on social media how their biological children were physically and sexually abused while in the state’s foster care system
  • An abused woman and her young children were able to quickly move out of their home into a safe place
  • An abused mother was able to win visitation privileges with her children in court
  • The children and siblings of a murdered mother of three were able to obtain the emotional, legal and financial help they needed
  • A domestic violence victim was given shelter, food, transportation and healthcare for six months

We envision a nation without family violence, where children, teens and adults can live safely without fear of being injured or killed in their homes by family members or others with whom they once lived.

We intend to become one of America’s largest civil rights organizations battling to achieve justice for family violence crime victims, survivors and their families.

We’re fighting harder than ever to defend the rights of domestic, dating, child and sexual abuse victims. Join us!

To lead a movement to end the family violence crime epidemic

To protect children, teens and adults from verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse

 

WHAT WE DO:

PREVENTION:

Teach children, teens and adults how to protect themselves

Teach children, teens and adults how they can help prevent family violence crimes

Teach Americans how they can help reduce family violence crimes

Teach family violence crime victims their legal rights

Teach domestic violence victims how to safely leave abusers

Teach abusers they will be punished

Teach Americans they must report suspected child abuse or face punishment

(New law? Report domestic, dating & sexual abuse, too, or face punishment)

Teach Americans never to hit/harm anyone else

Teach Children, teens and adults we are all (legally) responsible for our actions – no one MAKES us angry or do anything

Buddy Program (See colon cancer alliance)

CHILD ABUSE

  1. Teach children about good touch, bad touch
  2. Teach children it’s okay to report anyone who tries to hurt/molest them
  3. Teach children they won’t get in trouble for reporting anyone
  4. Teach children how to report anyone who tries to hurt/molest them
  5. Teach children never to hit/hurt another child
  6. Teach teens never to hit a child/teen or face punishment
  7. Teach parents never to hit a child or face punishment
  8. Teach adults never to hit a child or face punishment
  9. Teach young parents never to shake crying babies and how/where to get help
  10. Teach teens (baby-sitters) never to shake crying babies & where to get help
  11. Teach adults (baby-sitters) never to shake crying babies & where to get help
  12. Promote programs like Nurse/Family Partnerships
  13. Teach single parents never to allow another adult to move in with them
  14. Teach single parents never to leave children with anyone they don’t know well.
  15. Teach single parents to do criminal background checks before dating anyone
  16. Teach single parents they must report suspected child abuse or face punishment
  17. Teach adults they must report suspected child abuse or face punishment
  18. Teach parents never to leave children with someone they don’t know well
  19. Teach parents not to allow overnights unless they know the adult well

DOMESTIC ABUSE:

  1. Teach adults to do criminal background checks before dating anyone (get these companies as sponsors)
  2. Teach adults how to date properly (where, how, co-dependence issues, sex)
  3. Teach adults how to find good dating partners
  4. Teach adults not to allow verbal, emotional, sexual or physical abuse
  5. Teach adults how to respond to abuse
  6. Teach adults how to safely leave abusive partners
  7. Teach adults how to get help to safely leave abusive partners
  8. Teach adults how to obtain Protective Orders and Restraining Orders
  9. Teach adults how to find good legal help
  10. Promote our attorneys
  11. Teach adults how to date properly
  12. Teach adults how to safely break up (never alone, safety plan, why upset)
  13. Teach adults how to leave a live-in relationship safely (why upset, safety plan)

DATING ABUSE

  1. Teach fifth/sixth grade students how to date properly (hormones, how to ask)
  2. Teach middle school students how to date properly (dating etiquette, manners)
  3. Teach teens how to date properly (how to ask out, manners, etc.)
  4. Teach teens how to safely break up (never alone) (why dating partner is upset)

SEXUAL ABUSE

  1. Teach boys and girls about sexual attraction
  2. Teach boys to respect girls when they say No
  3. Teach females to lock doors and windows
  4. Teach victims to scream and fight – rapists are seeking easy targets
  5. Teach parents over 90% of sexual assaults are committed by family/friends