Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Honoring Toby Myers

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Honoring Toby Myers

After escaping her own abusive marriage nearly forty years ago, Toby Myers vowed to help others afflicted by domestic violence.

Toby's work included helping to create the first Battered Women's Shelter in Houston back in 1977.  She was also one of the founders of the Texas Council on Family Violence, where she served 20 years on the Board. 

Toby is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is one of the pioneers in the battered women movement (which includes addressing issues such as marital rape and incest). 

The Texas Council on Family Violence nicknamed Toby "the mother of the Texas battered women's movement".  

Over the years she has served on the boards of numerous domestic violence organizations, along with a prolific educator on the topic of Domestic Violence.  

Toby's work includes being one founding member of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and also served on Jewish Advisory Committee of the FaithTrust Institute (formerly known as the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence).  She was also was appointed by former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to his policy making group on Violence and Public Health.

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