October 28th, 2021  | FREE Community Event. Dinner provided.

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – Program Begins
Location: Westland Baptist Church 1407 West Grand Parkway South, Katy, TX 77494,

Each year the Crisis Center staff at Katy Christian Ministries provides a free program “A Night to Remember Those Lost to Domestic Violence” to community members and direct service providers who work with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  We host this memorable event so we can bring awareness of domestic violence to the community and are hopeful we help provide preventative knowledge too.

We will also be awarding the Brittany Whalen Rumsey Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to an individual who has earned this distinction for their work helping victims of Domestic Violence.

Here is some additional information about the project. The Silent Witness project consists of a traveling exhibit of life-sized, free-standing, red, wooden silhouettes. Each silhouette represents a victim of domestic violence from Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties, who was murdered by an intimate partner or family member and whose partner has been convicted of the murder/suicide. The mission of this project is to remind us of the impact of domestic homicides and family violence within our community. Because these women/men/children no longer have a voice, the silhouettes are called the Silent Witnesses.

We know Domestic Violence is widespread and affects over 10 million Americans each year and anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of age, sex, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or religion.  We also know children who grow up in violent homes are believed to suffer abuse and neglect at a higher rate than the national average.

Thank you so much for becoming part of our program to help us bring awareness in our community, to this tragic topic.

Keynote Speaker

Chad Bridges

About:

On New Year’s Day, 2019, Chad Bridges returned to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office as Chief of the Family Violence Division. Previously, Chad was the Judge of the 240th District Court. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to preside over the 240th District Court after Judge Thomas R.Culver III retired in 2015.

Chad began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County in 1994. In that position, he handled post-conviction death penalty litigation on behalf of the State of Texas. After his assignment in the Appellate Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office ended, Chad transferred to the Trial Bureau and prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases, including an assignment with the Family Criminal Law Division.

Chad subsequently became the First Assistant District Attorney for the Waller County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. During his tenure in Waller County, he helped to create a Family Violence Division as well as a Narcotics Taskforce. In 2000, Chad left the criminal law arena to become Legal Counsel for Computer Sciences Corporation. However, the call to public service led him back to representing the people of the State of Texas.

First joining the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office in 2003, Chad was named as Chief Prosecutor for the Family Violence Division of the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. During his time with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, Chad served as president and later as director of the Fort Bend County Crime Victim’s Response Team (CVRT). In 2011, Chad received the Carol Rees Award from
CVRT for outstanding service to crime victims.

In furtherance of his commitment to public service, Chad Bridges has presented as a lecturer for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (TDCAA) and has acted as a faculty advisor for TDCAA’s Advanced Trial Skills Course. Notably, Chad has trained volunteers for the Fort Bend County Women’s Center as well as cadets at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy. Additionally, he was a member of the Fort Bend Human Trafficking Task Force and is on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Most recently, he was published in the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s “In Chambers” journal.

Brittany Whalen Rumsey Award of Excellence

Denise Gruwell

About:

Denise Gruwell works as a Crime Victims Services Liaison, a division in the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office