April conference tackles 'violence at home … victims at work'

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Remembering a friend and DV pioneer

Sonja White, Immediate past chair of the Memphis and Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council passed away May 4, 2013 after a valiant struggle against cancer. She always brought strength, skill, vision, humor, compassion and passion to her life’s endeavors — especially when she was working on behalf of victims of family violence.

From left, Council President Deborah Clubb, Memphis Police Col. Mike Ryall and Council Chair Sonja White at the 2nd annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ event.

Sonja was a 2009 recipient of a Women of Achievement Vision award.
To read the essay for her award, go here.

4th annual Walk A Mile is another success on Broad

More than 75 men, women and children participated in this year's Walk A Mile In Her ShoesTM gender violence awareness march, which was held for the third straight year on Broad Avenue as a sanctioned event of the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk.

The art walk event on Friday, April 19 drew several thousand Memphians out to listen to music, look at art, eat, drink and wander the district. Many also cheered as marchers, including some men wearing women's high-heeled shoes, carried signs and walked a mile around the Broad Avenue and Sam Cooper Blvd.

This year's march marshal, David Wayne Brown, a founder of Memphis Men for Memphis Women, said although the number of marchers was below last year, the enthusiasm was the best in the four years of the walk. He said proceeds go to the Memphis Area Women's Council. The local ABC news affiliate, Channel 24, covered the walk: http://www.abc24.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=4025858

Annual Crime Victims' Awards Night in April

The Annual Crime Victims' Rights Week Awards Reception sponsored by Mayor Luttrell, Mayor Wharton, Sheriff Oldham and US Attorney Stanton will take place Thursday, April 25 at the First Baptist Church- Broad. Pastor Keith Norman, a vibrant personality who has been touched by crime, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

We are currently accepting nominations for the Victim Services Professional of the Year, the Criminal Justice Professional of the Year and the Victim Advocate of the Year. If you are aware of someone worthy of nomination for standing up for victims of crime, please take a moment and submit a nomination on their behalf! Nominations must be received by March 15 to be eligible for this year's awards. There is no cost to attend the event, but space will be limited. click here to download the nomination form

Our mission is to connect victims and volunteers to local services and resources, with the goals of rescuing those in danger and empowering those seeking to participate in a community response to domestic violence.

In a clarion call, the community has been challenged to come together in the cause of raising families throughout our city and county, and finding new ways to help erase the violence that occurs too frequently in domestic settings.

I Need Help | I Want to Help | How Can I Respond?

This site is hosted by a coalition of agencies and organizations. They include:
Memphis and Shelby County Domestic Violence Council
Family Safety Center

Shelby County Crime Victims Center
Memphis Area Women’s Council
Memphis Area Legal Services
University of Tennessee Department of Preventive Medicine
Operation: Safe Community
We are grateful for the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.