Team Charlotte stands up for domestic violence October 2018

By: Nicole Eaton
In a season where people celebrate the fall colors of oranges and reds, members of Team Charlotte lit up the sidewalks in different hues of purple near the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

The group of employees was raising awareness for domestic violence prevention and empowering victims to get help.

Educating others about domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the effects of domestic violence hit home in our area. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) responds to more than 35,000 domestic violence related calls for service each year. CMPD's domestic violence unit handles approximately 1,500 cases each year. In 2017, about 1 in 4 homicides were related to domestic violence.
The first step in preventing domestic violence is to educate. Before walking, employees listened to a presentation from Ron and Jan Kimble, founders of the Jamie Kimble Foundation for [..] read more


Teaching student domestic violence awareness October 2018

BY COLEEN HARRY | OCTOBER 17, 2018 AT 4:21 PM EST - UPDATED OCTOBER 17 AT 5:44 PM

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say there's no other crime they spend more time or resources on as they do domestic violence.
The numbers tell part of the story: between 35,000 and 40,000 calls for service for domestic violence calls and 9,000 criminal offenses annually.
"When people are victimized by domestic violence they are sick. Domestic violence is a cancer and it is killing our community," said Sgt. Craig Varnum. "But we don't reach out. We don't ask for help. Many times people don't ask for that help because they don't know where to get it."

Police, prosecutors, and advocates in Mecklenburg County are working to build a Family Justice Center that would offer help for survivors in one easy place.
The father of a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend is now making domestic violence awareness his mission.
"We are also forming [..] read more


'She was a beacon in this world:' Couple tells daughter's story to help victims of domestic violence October 2018

By Kim Grizzard
The Daily Reflector
Friday, October 12, 2018

For more than three decades, their daughter, Jamie, was the light of Ron and Jan Kimble's lives. A graduate of J.H. Rose High School, Jamie has been described as bright and fun-loving, compassionate and generous, a wonderful example as a daughter, student and friend.
Now, six years after Jamie's death at the hands of an abuser, her parents continue to tell her story to shed light on the problem of domestic violence.
The Kimbles were featured speakers on Thursday at the first Domestic Violence Impact Luncheon, a fundraiser for the Center for Family Violence Prevention. At the event, held at the Greenville Convention Center, the couple announced the establishment of a domestic violence prevention club at their daughter's alma mater.
Rose will become the first school in eastern North Carolina to host one of the clubs, which the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage has launched at five high [..] read more


Spate of Recent Murders Brings Attention to Domestic Violence: Charlotte's wake-up call January 2018

January 17, 2018
By Ryan Pitkin @pitkin_ryan
The year started off quietly enough.
Through the first 10 days of 2018, there had not been one homicide in Charlotte. By comparison, there had been four in the first four days of 2017. But on January 11, that silence was shattered in Westerly Hills, a usually peaceful neighborhood on the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor.
That afternoon, police responded to a call at a home on Carlyle Drive and found 24-year-old Brittany White dead of a gunshot wound. One of White's children, 3-year-old Julianna, was in the home, but police could not find her 3-month-old sister, Journei. Homicide detectives put the word out that the children's father, Jonathan Bennett, was wanted for White's murder and was believed to have left the home with Journei.
The infant was soon found safe, but Bennett remained on the run until he showed up at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in Uptown just before midnight and ambushed a [..] read more


Jan Kimble: 'We always told Jamie we loved her and were concerned' December 2017

December 20, 2017
By Jane Albright
WRAL.com Spotlight

This article was written for our sponsor, eNOughNC
Starting with puberty, parents walk a fine line between over-involvement and hands-off. And at no time is that line more confusing than when a teenaged or young adult child is in love with an abuser
Come down too hard about the person controlling or hurting your child physically or emotionally, and a child may resist and defend their beloved. Ignore the signs of a troubled relationship, and risk injury or death for your child
What's a parent to do
In the United States, one in three women will be a victim of intimate partner violence at some point in her life. And an average of three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner every day
Men, too, are victims, along with members of the LGBTQ community

JAMIE KIMBLE'S STORY
Ron and Jan Kimble of Charlotte know these statistics well. Their only child, daughter, [..] read more


UNC Charlotte raises awareness on intimate partner violence October 2017

University community offers activities and resources during October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month

KIM LEASTON | OCTOBER 17, 2017
UNC Charlotte's main entrance glows purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo courtesy of Inside UNC Charlotte.
In recognition of the thirtieth year of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, the UNC Charlotte community is offering a number of opportunities for the campus to get involved and informed. University organizations and departments including the Title IX office and The University Center for Wellness Promotion are offering workshops, demonstrations and campaigns that promote important information and resources for students, faculty and staff regarding intimate partner violence.
UNC Charlotte's "It's Time to Say eNOugh" social media campaign launched in 2017 with a grant funded by the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage which aims to spread awareness about the continuing issue of intimate partner [..] read more


Man up and Stand Up Against Domestic Violence October 2017

On Saturday The Park Church and Myers Park United Methodist Church partnered together to bring awareness to domestic violence and the seriousness it causes in the community. Also in partnership with the Jamie Kimble Foundation, Ron and Jan Kimble shared their personal story of losing their daughter Jamie to domestic violence.

FlyTy and Jacinda, alongside Christine Sperow of WBTV hosted the fashion show. This dynamic show featured an all men model cast followed by a surprise daddy-daughter finale.

Read the original story here: http://v1019.com/2017/10/15/man-stand-domestic-violence/ [..] read more


5K run focuses on domestic violence The Park Church raises awareness May 21 May 2016

The Charlotte Post
By Ashley Mahoney
May 18, 2016 5:18 pm

Domestic violence compromises mental, spiritual and physical potential.

Through a 5K run/walk on May 21 at 7 a.m. at The Park Expo & Conference Center (800 Briar Creek Road), The Park Church, Safe Alliance and the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage intend to raise awareness about domestic violence.

"The 5K is about reaching out beyond our church walls and seeing what some of the needs are in the city, and helping to meet those needs," said Roy Henderson, family life and wellness director at The Park Church. "One of the ways that Pastor [Bishop Claude] Alexander felt like a need needed to be met with family needs in relationship to domestic violence."

The race provides resources, such as education and counseling, to educate and protect individuals from harmful or potentially harmful situations.

"We do a domestic violence panel (6:30 p.m. on May 18 at The [..] read more


Women’s shelter named after founder April 2016

The Courier-Tribune
By Kathi Keys kkeys@courier-tribune.com
April 19, 2016 - 7:29pm

ASHEBORO -- A women's shelter in Asheboro has served as a safe place, a haven, for battered women and children for nearly 37 years.
One of the founders of the Randolph County Family Crisis Center which operates the shelter was fondly remembered Tuesday. Maria Bliss, who died March 15, was honored during the center's Fourth Annual Leading Ladies Luncheon for which 275 women -- and a few men -- were invited to attend at Pinewood Country Club.

Judge Lillian Jordan reviewed the history of efforts to provide equal rights for women in Randolph County, noting that Bliss was involved in these in the 1970s. A result of the discussions and studies was the opening of the Shelter for Battered Women in the county in 1979. This shelter remains in its original location, continuing to provide services to women and their families seeking refuge from domestic violence [..] read more


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