My Sister's Keeper - Supporting Families of Violent Crime Victims
In 2020 alone, over 25 Black women have lost their lives due to violent crime in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. These women left behind families and friends to grieve their losses in already uncertain times.
My Sister's Keeper is a Black-owned and female-run volunteer program supporting local families who have lost a loved one to violent crime in the DMV. There are very few organizations that offer help to the families of victims. Street Smart Collaborative has partnered with My Sister's Keeper to get the word out about their fundraising campaign, and spread awareness about the disproportionate number of crimes against black women.
Domestic Violence Statistics
Domestic violence is defined as "violent behavior between a current or former partner" which can include physical, sexual, emotional, social, verbal and/or economic abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 in 5 women (and 1 in 7 men) have reported severe physical violence from a partner. Unfortunately, some cases go even further and can lead to homicide as 1 in 5 homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner.
For Black women, the numbers are even worse. Domestic violence disproportionately affects Black women as nearly 40% experience intimate partner violence during their lifetimes and they are 2X as likely to be killed as a result of homicide than women of any other race (CDC). The Black Women's Health Project has determined that domestic violence is the number one health issue for Black women.
The mission of My Sister's Keeper is to support local families who have been affected the most by violent crimes against women. Through a collaborative effort, My Sister's Keeper hopes to provide Holiday Care Packages to at least 25 families of Black Women who have lost their lives to violence this year. These families have lost mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, and/or cousins due to violence and this will be their first holiday season without their loved ones.
Donate to help raise $3000 for Family Support Care Packages:
Care Packages Contain:
A Visa Gift Card
Grief Support Resources
A Personalized Notecard
These care packages will help to uplift families through the first holiday season without their loved ones. We need your help to honor these beautiful women, and to spread the word to end violence against Black women.
For more violent crime statistics and information, click here.
We are all struggling in some way right now due to COVID-19 and lockdown, but for women with abusive partners, this time is extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, we encourage you to check out this link that provides resources to help.
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Additional Domestic Violence Resources