Providing a way out, counseling and support to victims of domestic violence.
The mission of the Katrina Walker Foundation is to bring awareness to female and male victims of domestic violence & rape while shedding light on the effects domestic violence has on children that witness it.
By not turning a blind eye to the societal ills affecting so many in our community the Katrina Walker Foundation will effectively reconnect the community through advocacy, guidance, programs and most of all caring about the plight & conditions faced by those in need.
Did You Know?
- Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied.
- Domestic violence comes in many forms. 2 out of 4 women experience emotional abuse or psychological abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Emotional abuse is shouting, name-calling, humiliation, & constant criticism. Psychological abuse is threats to harm family, friends, children, co-workers, isolation, mind games, & destruction of property.
- One in three female homicide victims are murdered by their current or former partner every year.
- Over 15 million children witness violence in their homes each year. Many children develop cognitive and psychological problems after having experienced abuse second-hand. Eating disorders, sleeping disorders, depression, aggressive behavior, destructive rages, stuttering, shaking, and declined problem-solving skills are all symptoms of such abuse.
- 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 48.8% have experienced aggressive psychological behavior from an intimate partner. Yes, men are victims too, but most are embarrassed and live with it.
Many times people that are not in your situation question, “why don’t you just leave?” It often isn’t that easy. We help victims dealing with domestic violence realize it’s not their fault, abuse is not normal and there is no reason to be embarrassed.
Victims have to first decide, am I ready to walk away and start over or not? If you choose to stay the Katrina Walker Foundation will teach you how to protect yourself with self-defense classes, put together an escape plan if your mate becomes abusive again and if you have children find a safe place for them and teach them how to get help. Maybe your mate will agree to get counseling so if you want to stay we will still help.
We recommend you leave if your mate is physically abusive.
If you are ready to leave we will put together a G.O. (Get Out) Plan. This plan helps you obtain:
- Financial aid to get on your feet
- Job training
- Support groups for women and men to let victims know they are not alone
- Children counseling (Over 15 million children witness violence in their homes each year. Many children develop emotional & psychological problems)
- Abused male counseling (1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime)
- Rape counseling (Almost 500 women are raped or sexually assaulted each day in the US)
- Counseling on starting over and no longer living in fear