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Empowering Survivors: A Closer Look at Our Clothing Closet Initiative and Collaborations with Domestic Violence Organizations

At CJF America, we recognize the alarming statistics surrounding domestic violence, with approximately 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men experiencing contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking, according to the CDC. In an effort to support survivors and victims of domestic violence, we have collaborated with remarkable organizations like Shining Light in Darkness and BeShe to make a meaningful impact.

Shining Light in Darkness: In Durham, North Carolina, the founders of Shining Light In Darkness, Florida DeVaul-Dudley and Ed Dudley, have emerged as beacons of hope for those fleeing abusive situations. Ms. DeVaul-Dudley, a survivor herself, along with her husband, established the organization to assist both men and women escaping domestic violence or sexual abuse. Shining Light in Darkness offers a range of resources, from emergency assistance for those fleeing dangerous situations to group sessions providing crucial support for survivors.

CJF America’s Kristen Picot and Volunteers Nick Gallardo meet with Mr. Ed Dudley from Shining Light In Darkness
CJF America’s Kristen Picot and Volunteers Nick Gallardo meet with Shining Light In Darkness Co-Founder, Mr. Ed Dudley

BeShe : Another impactful organization we had the privilege of meeting is BeShe, led by CEO and Founder Shonquella Terrell in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Ms. Terrell’s dedication has assisted numerous clients in escaping dangerous situations and advocating for them in court. She understands the trauma survivors endure during court proceedings, where they must recount their experiences in front of their abusers.

CJF America’s Kristen Picot meets with BeShe Founder and CEO, Ms. Shonquella Terrell

Recently, we had the privilege of sitting down with Mr. Ed Dudley to gain insights into the incredible work that Shining Light in Darkness is doing. As well, as meeting with Ms. Terrell to learn more about what BeShe is doing in the community. As part of our commitment to supporting survivors, we donated clothing from our Clothing Closet to their causes. Recognizing the unique needs of individuals leaving abusive situations, we specifically provided clothes suitable for court appearances, acknowledging the challenges faced by survivors as they navigate legal proceedings with limited belongings.

If you are interested in contributing to our Clothing Closet initiative, please reach out to us at hello@cjfamerica.org. Your support will help us continue providing essential resources for survivors as they rebuild their lives.

At CJF America, we are committed to raising awareness about domestic violence and actively supporting organizations that make a difference in the lives of survivors. Through collaborations with Shining Light in Darkness and BeShe, we strive to empower those affected by domestic violence, offering not only tangible resources but also a sense of hope and community as they embark on their journey towards healing. Together, let us stand against domestic violence and work towards a safer, more compassionate world for all.

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