On Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, we had an amazing panel gather to discuss Facing Family Violence in Collin County. It was a wonderful evening discussing Collin County’s approach to family violence.


Here is a very brief recap of the information shared:

  • Judge Wheless shared how studies have shown that vigorous prosecution of domestic violence results in fewer cases of homicides. She also discussed the history of how cases have been handled and the improvements we have seen to help victims.
  • Becky Leach talked about the steps that led to passing House Bill 3089 which extended the timeline for someone to pursue legislation against someone who sexually abused them as a child from 15 to 30 years. She wants you to know that if you’re holding a secret in it’s probably affecting more people than you know. Find someone to talk. “There is hope and victory. You are not defined by what has happened to you. It is not your fault.”
  • Jana Hancock shared how Plano ISD supports students who they believe may be victims of domestic violence.
  • Cresta Garland with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office discussed the importance of evidence based prosecution and how the legal process aids victims. She shared an overview of the prosecution process for domestic violence cases.
  • Tonya DeGrand with Plano Animal Services shared how the types of animal abuse are related to child abuse and that close connection with domestic violence.
  • Haleh Cochran shared the about the role of being a victim advocate and helping to guide the victim through the path to get them to the help they need. In addition, how collaborating with her community partners helps her get the victim the help they need.

Thank you to the Willow Bend Center of the Arts and Plano Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division for collaborating on this panel.

Here are a few more photos from the evening!