Charleena Lyles: Statement by Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence

Re-posted from the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence,
of which LifeWire is a proud member.

Charleena Lyles Should Be Alive

In this moment, we send our deepest condolences to Charleena’s family and write to lift up her humanity.

To our community of advocates, and others working to support survivors of violence: we see you and we are committed to supporting you.

Charleena Lyles should be alive, not dead. But in this new reality, where the memory of Charleena is a hot, bright fire, we are angry.

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Welcoming LifeWire’s Next Leader

LifeWire is excited to announce that we have identified our next great Executive Director – Rachel Krinsky!

An experienced executive with 20 years of non-profit leadership positions dedicated to social justice, Rachel will join us as LifeWire’s Executive Director on Monday, February 27, 2017.

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Always Forward – An Open Letter to Survivors of Domestic Violence

For 34 years, we’ve held to one simple belief: that every person – regardless of race, religion, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or experience – deserves to live in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

For 34 years, we’ve opened our doors day after day to survivors who have the incredible amounts of courage and strength needed to persevere. We’ve cried with you and celebrated with you. We’ve felt your pain and your joy.

We know that we will continue to face obstacles and opposing views in the coming years. Many people will try their hardest to normalize the violence and abuse you’ve experienced.

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4 Ways to Take Action Against Domestic Violence

  1. Practice Healthy Relationship Skills: Learn about the skills necessary to practice healthy communication with others. Talk about what healthy relationships mean to you with those in your life and model respectful behavior in all of your relationships.
  2. Be Supportive: If you think someone close to you is being abused, ask them about it and offer your support. If you think someone you know is being abusive, talk with them about their behavior and encourage them to seek help. Continue to check in and remain connected and supportive.
  3. Stay in the Conversation: Help to shape the movement against domestic violence. Speak up to stop attitudes and behaviors that oppress others. Be a source of information about domestic violence.
  4. Learn About and Share Resources: Everyone has a role to play in creating healthy, safe and vibrant communities. Contact us here at LifeWire to find out how you can get involved and make a difference.

Why We’re Here

In 1982, a group of courageous women took action against domestic violence, an injustice that negatively impacts adults, children and families in our community. These women recognized that violence, abuse and hatred – in any form – impeded the growth and stability of families and communities. By standing together and forming an agency (LifeWire) that has served more than 131,000 survivors of domestic violence, these women demonstrated that each of us has the power to positively impact the world.

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