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Jill Cooperman
















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When asked why her team walks in SAFEWALK-RUN 5K, Jill Cooperman had this to say:

“A dear friend of mine, who is also a survivor of domestic violence, and I started this team in 2012. We are both fortunate enough to have family close by who was able to take us in when we left our respective husbands, but we know there are so many more that do not…and those are the people that need our help. Our team is made up of people close to us that feel passionately about this cause as well. We have received so many donations from people who are also survivors of domestic violence  and want to help others, too. The shared experience brings people together and inspires  them to do their best to help everyone who needs it.”


~ Jill Erin Cooperman
 Captain of The Red Hot Survivors

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Join us for our 17th Annual SAFEWALK-RUN 5K on Saturday, February 27, 2016 to be held at Nova Southeastern University, Davie Campus.

Community members, corporate teams, student organizations, along with individual walkers and runners will take to the pavement to raise awareness about domestic violence and to raise funds for the much needed programs and services which Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. offers free of charge to victims of domestic violence in our community.

Our goal this year is to raise $150,000 to provide support services and 2,000+ nights of safe shelter to survivors and their families escaping abusive situations. Each walker and runner is asked to raise a minimum of $200 in donations (suggested goal, not mandatory). By asking friends, colleagues, family members, and neighbors to sponsor you in the event, you will be making a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence. Teams are groups of five or more people interested in participating.

This fun event is officially timed and awards are given to top finishers. By participating in the event, you too can take a step to end domestic violence!

Registration is now open.  Click here to get started.  For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eileen Trower, Events Coordinator, at 954.760.9800 ext 1245 or via email at Etrower@womenindistress.org.


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Michael Farver

Michael’s greatest passion is the fight to insure that no child should go to bed hungry, not knowing if the new day will bring them hope, or hopelessness. His strong voice has led the fight to end childhood hunger in the state of Florida. As the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of Florida Impact, the states leading legislative public policy and hunger advocacy organization, he has for the past six years directed their efforts as the statewide convener and coordinator of over 150 public, private, and faith-based organizations who are members of the Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger initiative. He is also President of End Childhood Hunger, a South Florida nonprofit that utilizes social media and technology to advocate for childhood hunger and nutrition education, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Florida Hunger Coalition, working to eradicate hunger in South Florida.

As a Director and Trustee of the Farver Foundation, Michael has, working with his wife Susan and his fellow Trustees, provided grants and support totaling nearly Seven-Hundred-Fifty-Thousand dollars ($750,000) over the past 15 years to dozens of South Florida nonprofit organizations, including the South Florida Hunger Coalition, Love thy Neighbor, Women in Distress, Kids in Distress, Feeding South Florida, Covenant House, Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Hands on Broward, FLIPANY, the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, ArtServe, Lifenet4Families, former the Cooperative Feeding Program, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Funding Arts Broward, Beat for Life, HANDY, the Pace Center for Girls, Junior Achievement and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

For more information, please contact Eileen Trower at 954.760.9800 ext 1245 or at ETrower@WomenInDistress.org.

Lenore’s Story http://www.womenindistress.org/lenores-story/ Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:41:46 +0000 http://www.womenindistress.org/?p=1408 Read More ]]> Back in my very early twenties, I was date-raped in my own apartment, and after that I became terrified to date anyone new. That was until I befriended a young man on campus who seemed horrified by my story, and told me that if I would do him the honor of becoming his girlfriend, that he would make sure that nobody would ever hurt me that way ever again. He really seemed to care, and it touched my heart in a way I had never experienced before. So I finally let my guard down and started to date him. He moved in rather quickly. He said he wanted to protect me and keep me safe. I thought it was too soon, but I wanted to be protected and safe. So rather than learn how to accomplish that on my own, I allowed him to move in with me so he could do it for me. It was romantic and wonderful… that is, until the abuse began.

I was convinced that these out-of-the-blue moments of abuse were not the real him. I kept thinking back to how much he wanted to protect me… how much he seemed to care. And I convinced myself that that was the real man, and the abusive one was just an imposter filled with pain. And that if I could love him enough, and stick by him while he went through that pain, I could emotionally heal him, and save him the way he had wanted to save me. So whenever an abusive event occurred, I chose to love him through it. And when he cried in my arms and apologized each time afterwards, I comforted HIM, as I cradled him in my arms that were now covered in bruises. And he told me that this was just bringing us closer together, and making our love even stronger. And at that time, it felt true.

The trouble was; I was so busy loving HIM through it all, that I forgot to love MYSELF. The abuse got worse and worse, and I began to realize over 8 years of time that this wasn’t going to get any better. I mean, if my love was supposed to heal him, why was he only getting worse and worse? How bad was the abuse going to be after 10, 15 or 20 years? Would I even still be alive? This stunning realization and the sudden fear of dying made me realize that I needed to get out. I felt like I was betraying him, but I was so tired of betraying MYSELF.

I finally found my way to Women in Distress. There, I was swiftly but gently thrown into classes that taught me about abuse and abusers, and the cycle that desperately needed to be broken. My self-esteem increased, I learned how to rely on myself, I learned how to not be afraid to be alone, and how to get through the pangs of guilt for “abandoning” my abuser. I truly became a new person. I barely recognize “the old me” anymore! At Women in Distress, I was able to learn how to make new friends, get a new job, pay for my own apartment in a new city, take up new hobbies and pursue old abandoned ones, and how to reclaim my life in every way possible. It is amazing to me how much one can accomplish when one no longer has to waste all of their time and energy on coping with abuse. Now I can use that time and energy living my life to the fullest. And boy does it feel good!


Please click here to visit our Domestic Violence Awareness Month calendar of events.

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Hal Herman Children’s Fund

In 2008 the Hal Herman Children’s Fund was established by Lois Herman as a celebration of her husband’s 80th birthday.  The Herman’s have always believed in the importance of helping others and have supported Women In Distress for many years.  “We believe in WID’s mission to end domestic abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.  Through our commitment, we have learned firsthand just how important it is to help keep families safe, stated Hal.”

Even when children don’t see domestic abuse, they usually know its happening. It can affect them deeply.  More than 50% of women experiencing domestic abuse live in households with children under 12. These children are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues and physical health problems, including depression, anxiety, and violence toward peers.

Through the Hal Herman Children’s Fund (HHCF) and the generosity of donors, the smallest survivors of domestic violence can receive the support they need — supervised care while their parent is in counseling, and help from specialized therapists that use play therapy, art therapy and more to help these children break the cycle of domestic violence.  To learn more about the Hal Herman Children’s Fund and the HHCF Celebration Wall, click here.