Tamron Hall Has Created A Fund To Support Domestic Violence Victims

November 6, 2016  |  

Photo Credit: Derrick Salters/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Derrick Salters/WENN.com

It’s been nearly 12 years since Tamron Hall lost her sister Renate to an act of domestic violence. Found beaten and floating face down in a pool in Houston, Hall has since devoted her time to advocating for domestic violence victims and speaking out of the issue.

To honor Renate and take help others dealing with the same issue, the Today co-host decided to partner with non-profit Safe Horizon, launching “The Tamron ♥ Renate Fund” in October, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Aimed at providing support for victims, the fund educates their friends and family members so they can learn how to become a strong support system.

In Hall’s own experience, she actually witnessed an incident between her sister and a companion, urging her to leave the situation before things escalated. Nevertheless, she still felt guilty when no arrests were made as a result of lack of evidence. Today the case is still an unsolved homicide.

In a recent interview with HuffPost, Hall shared her thoughts on what she would do if she were offered a re-do. “I would have not gone silent,” she said.  “I would have been there and I would have just listened more so that I could say to her you’re not alone And you didn’t do anything to deserve this. And your staying is not a sign of weakness. And we’re not afraid, by the way. We’re not afraid of him and we’re not afraid of the journey ahead.”

In addition to the fund offering educational courses and offering resources like shelter and legal expenses for victims, families can call Safe Horizon’s 24-hour hotline (1-800-621-HOPE (4673)) as another alternative to learning how they can help victims.

I wanted my sister to be more than a Google search and I wanted this story to be more than something of a curiosity,” Hall continued. “I wanted to find a way specifically to help the next sister, mother, friend who does not know what to say but they know there’s a problem. They know there is abuse and they don’t know how to address it and we want to provide a support for them as a guiding light.”

 

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