The Dallas Examiner
Thirty-eight percent of Texas women have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime, according to the Texas Council on Family Violence. That’s more than 1 in 3 women. The month of October is dedicated to spreading awareness and putting a stop to this social issue.
On Oct. 26, District 7 Councilwoman Tiffinni A. Young announced a partnership with R&B singer Raheem Devaughn’s Love Life Foundation during a press conference in the Flag Room at Dallas City Hall. Young is also the co-chair of the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force.
“Today I am so excited and grateful to announce the partnership with our three time Grammy nominee Mr. Raheem Devaughn. He’s a man who has chosen to take this issue and propel it forward. To say that this is an issue that men need to be focused on. So thank you to this brother for not only doing that, but then coming to Dallas, Texas,” Young said.
Devaughn’s foundation is based in the Baltimore/Maryland/Virginia area. The foundation is passionate about improving lives by reaching out to communities and educating people about social issues such as domestic violence, cancer, HIV/AIDs and more.
The foundation will host “Queen for a Day,” a private event dedicated to empowering more than 20 women, who are survivors of domestic violence, on Nov 7. The ladies will go out to lunch and then be pampered at Kofee Day Spa with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and a makeover. Devaughn will spend some time with the ladies during the day before his show later that evening.
“It’s no secret that domestic violence is something that is running rapid in many communities. So far on behalf of my foundation we’ve been to five states, but the goal is to knock out all 50,” Devaughn explained. “This is my gift back to my fan base which is predominately women of all shapes and sizes, colors, faiths and religions.”
A brave successful employee of the city of Dallas shared her story of abuse at the event. The owner of Kofee Day Spa as well as Debra Bowles from Women Called Moses were in attendance.
“As a survivor and as an activist, it is so important that we continue to bring awareness, not just for the month of October. We had 45 calls over the weekend where we had to turn ladies away because we did not have anywhere to place them, but thank God for Women Called Moses because today we can put them in a hotel somewhere until we can get them a shelter,” Bowles said.