Members of the Joyful Heart team, including our Founder & President, Mariska Hargitay, were proud to be in Detroit to celebrate the city's progress to end its rape kit backlog and speak to the work that is yet to come.
On Wednesday, we joined Vice President Biden on his trip to visit the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) in Austin, Texas and commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
On March 13, 2013, Joyful Heart joined our partners in Washington D.C. for the public launch of NO MORE, the nation’s first unifying awareness symbol to end domestic violence and sexual assault. It was an electrifying and historic day, bringing crucial discussion and unprecedented light to our issues. NO MORE Day of Action came on the heels of the President’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, 400 days after the bill’s expiration and subsequent debate in Congress. For members of the field who work with these issues, the timing of the day underscored the necessity to come together as a united front to say NO MORE to bystanding, silence and violence against women and children.
Joyful Heart’s Healing & Wellness team had the pleasure of traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the Second World Conference of Women’s Shelters. The historic gathering brought approximately 1,500 advocates from 96 countries to the United States.
On November 8, 2001, Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two, was shot to death by her husband in their home in Pennsylvania. The murder was the final act of violence in a history of cruelty and abuse. She was thirty-three years old.
The National Domestic Voilence Hotline Healers Retreat, held at the Crossings in Austin, Texas from August 28 - 30, was the first of its kind to bring together healing professionals who all worked for the same organization. Previous HtH retreats had included professionals from a number of different agencies. The group from NDVH represented leadership, frontline and executive staff, men and women, and individuals with varying tenures in the field.