Domestic abuse survivor Mildred Muhammad, the ex-wife of D.C. Sniper John A. Muhammad, will be the keynote speaker October 28 at “Bridging Troubled Waters,” a free community forum aimed at ending domestic violence. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UTHSC Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Avenue. The event is open to the public and a light breakfast and lunch will be served.
Registration is available at uthsc.edu/special-events/ or by calling 901.448.2704. Seating is limited.
For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. There is NO “typical victim.” Victims of domestic violence comes from all walks of life, varying age groups, all backgrounds, all communities, all education levels, all economic levels, all cultures, all ethnicities, all religions, all abilities, and all lifestyles.
Victims of domestic violence do not bring violence upon themselves, they do not always lack self-confidence, nor are they just as abusive as the abuser. Violence in relationships occurs when one person feels entitled to power and control over their partner and chooses to use abuse to gain and maintain that control. In relationships where domestic violence exists, violence is not equal. Even if the victim fights back or instigates violence in an effort to diffuse a situation. There is always one person who is the primary, constant source of power, control, and abuse in the relationship.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Dating Abuse Helpline
National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS)
A Call to Men
American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
Battered Women’s Justice Project