In Tarrant County, one in three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. October is deemed Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this year it provided a channel to honor victims while also educating our community on the immense problem that is domestic violence. Between big events, small events and community presentations, SafeHaven of Tarrant County used October to move closer to its mission of ending domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change.
Legacy of Women Luncheon
On Oct. 6, friends of SafeHaven filled the Historic Hilton in downtown Fort Worth for the Legacy of Women Luncheon. The 25th annual event honored 10 Tarrant County women for their outstanding achievements and leadership in the community.
Guests were treated to a mimosa reception, lunch and a keynote speech from award winning journalist and Texas native Tamron Hall.
Thank you to everyone who attended Legacy of Women and financially supported SafeHaven Programs!
Dr. Claudia Beeny
Dr. Jeanne Gerlach
Dr. Monica Randolph-Graham
Essence of S.A.F.E Women’s Social
The employees at the SafeHaven Fort Worth shelter hosted an evening of awareness and connection on Oct. 18. The Essence of S.A.F.E Women’s Social focused on exploring what it means to be a S.A.F.E partner within SafeHaven’s mission to end domestic violence.
S.A.F.E. stands for:
S – Stronger than our circumstances
A – Aware of options and resources
F – Fearless about moving forward
E – Empowered by self-worth
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SafeHaven employees wore purple on Oct. 19 to honor victims and support survivors of domestic violence. Referred to as Purple Thursday, the observance marked the 12th annual national domestic violence awareness day.
Honoring Texas Victims
The Tarrant County Council on Family Violence sponsored a remembrance event to honor the 146 Texas women who lost their lives due to intimate partner violence in 2016. 146 pairs of shoes were arranged in the shape of Texas on the Magnolia Green outside One Safe Place to represent their lives, and attendees heard from Michelle Morgan, director of the Family Justice Center, as well as Stephanie Storey, SafeHaven’s Chief Operations Officer.
Sixteen of those women called Tarrant County home. As we remember the lives of these women, we also commit to doing all we can to make sure we see less and less shoes each year.