This is a place where family and friends of victims of domestic violence can come to share stories or just vent, but primarily to work for change in a system we believe is failing. We are not professionals. We are just people in the trenches trying to save someone we love from the ravages of domestic abuse.
My sister Kim was smart, independent, successful, funny, kind, loyal, trustworthy, and adventurous and the most honest person I knew. My sister Kim was also a victim of domestic violence. Kim was someone who never gave up, overcame any obstacle put in her path, and achieved every goal she ever set for herself. She went back to school for her Master’s in her late twenties, and went on to a successful career in a field she loved and excelled at. She made great friends and earned the respect of colleagues and her bosses. In the course of her profession she met her husband and was married in 2005. She died in March of 2013. In the time from her marriage to her death her life turned around completely, and she found herself in a position she could never have expected, she was a battered woman. She was one of a kind and irreplaceable, and she is missed!
Kim was surrounded by people who loved her and wanted to help her. But we failed, and we believe the system also failed. Because of that, we have committed ourselves to working to improve the judicial system with the goal of saving the victims of domestic abuse. We are not here to point fingers or place blame, but to work together to improve a system whose goal is to save the victims of domestic abuse.
We all want the same thing, for the people being victimized to be safe. Together, we believe we can reach that goal. We hope you will consider joining us in this endeavor….in Kim’s name.