Last Thursday, 52-year-old Jerome Rivers was released from Rikers Island correctional facility, and within 24 hours had killed his estranged girlfriend Gia Pender, who had an active order of protection against him. Stories of domestic violence-related deaths in which Black women are the victims are far too common and rarely make it beyond local news outlets.
Black women die as a result of domestic abuse at a rate four times that of our White counterparts.
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’ve compiled a list of resources and organizations for women enduring partner abuse and for those looking to help.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Dating Abuse Helpline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020, ext. 2011
Organizations to Get Involved With:
Dedicated to preventing teen dating violence, the organization aims to offer safe space for young people wanting to become more enlightened about partner abuse.
The leading organization dedicated to domestic violence prevention, NCADV aims to create a an environment with “zero tolerance for domestic violence” by influencing public policy.
Founded more than 30 years ago with a mission similar to that of NCADV, this organization focuses on all forms of violence toward women.
Incite is a national activist organization founded on principles of inclusion and is dedicated to eradicating violence against cis and trans women of color.
This organization offers a safe space for LGBT domestic abuse survivors.