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The Yolanda Yvette Baker Domestic Violence and Abuse Program
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides essential protections and resources to survivors across the nation. Every reauthorization gives us the opportunity to strengthen these programs and protections, making survivors and their families safer. On July 26, 2018, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018. This reauthorization bill contains critical improvements to VAWA, including housing provisions that will protect survivors and their children from eviction and discrimination as a result of the abuser’s actions. This reauthorization would also increase support for underserved communities, improve healthcare responses, and affirm our commitment to tribal sovereignty to prosecute non-Native offenders of sexual assault, child abuse, trafficking, and stalking on tribal land.
To ensure that these essential provisions come to a vote in the House, we need many bipartisan co-sponsors. Please urge your Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor.
The Yolanda Yvette Baker Domestic Violence and Abuse Program is in memory of Yolanda Baker - a mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend - who, in 1999, tragically became a domestic violence murder statistic at the age of 35. By networking with other organizations, The Yolanda Yvette Baker Domestic Violence and Abuse Program is designed to help bring self esteem, and life back into the eyes, the hearts, and the souls of those most affected by domestic abuse and violence; and, to compliment the life skill training received through other organizations.
It is anticipated that, in the United States, one in four women (25%) will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. According to the, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, every 9 seconds, another woman is beaten. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, every minute, about 20-24 people - both women and men - are assaulted or beaten in the United States.
- Women in violent relationships are four times more likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection than those who are not,
- One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
- 40 - 70 percent of female murder victims killed by a husband or boyfriend were involved in an ongoing abusive relationship.
- Some studies suggest that up to 10 million children, per year in the US, witness violence against their mother or female caretaker by a family member.
- Everyday in the United States, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.
- According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS), African-American women experience higher rates of intimate partner homicide when compared to their White counterparts.
- 90% of children exposed to intimate partner violence directly saw the violence happening as opposed to hearing it or other indirect forms, according to a 2011 survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
- Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in which someone uses physical, sexual, psychological or other types of harm against a current or former partner, an immediate family member or another relative. It can also include stalking, threats or other behaviors meant to manipulate or control someone else.
- Domestic violence is most commonly thought of as intimate partner abuse, but can also include violence from a family member. It is also important to note that 1 in 7 males will experience some form of severe physical partner in their lifetime. Startling statistics aren't they? This is just a glimpse into the dark world of domestic violence.
- In a study published by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it was further found that, gay and bisexual men experience abuse in intimate partner relationships at a rate of 2 in 5, which is comparable to the amount of domestic violence experienced by heterosexual women; and,
- Approximately 50% of the lesbian population has experienced or will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.
Startling statistics, aren't they? Statistics that I am all too aware of as a generational domestic violence and abuse survivor. In some way, be it directly or indirectly, we are all connected to someone who has experienced domestic violence or abuse. It should then be understood that domestic violence makes its victims more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal behavior, and often negatively impacts a victim's ability to perform well at work. Without adequate financial means, victims may find themselves trapped in an abusive relationship without enough money to leave, which leads to low self esteem.
1. Empowerment Camp
The YYBDVAP Empowerment Camp takes the healing process of domestic violence and abuse one step further in curtailing the recidivism rate of domestic violence and abuse victims and their children, the crime with the highest repeat rate. When we think of camps, we tend to generally focus on our youth. YYBDVAP Empowerment Camp is designed not only to focus on the young victims of domestic violence, our empowerment camp focuses on the victimized family unit as a whole.
In support of both domestic violence abuse victims and their children, the spring, summer, and fall empowerment camps are designed to work collaboratively with other domestic violence direct service programs to provide a healthy, stress free, spiritual, and enjoyable inner healing catalyst by providing campers with all types of stress free activities.
The program is designed to assist participants in really understanding themselves as a whole person by placing them in a stress free, relaxing, trusting, and, most importantly, safe environment. Yoga, itself, really helps to support integrating the mental, emotional, and physical. It leads to a greater understanding that we are this whole person, not just thoughts going through our heads, but feelings going through our hearts and sensations going through our bodies.
2. The Augustus Lancaster Scholarship Fund
In 1877, Augustus Lancaster, a freedman and farmworker, purchased 13 acres of farmland from William H. Gwynn, a prominent landowner of the Piscataway area. Lancaster himself was illiterate, but several of his children attended the Freedman's Bureau School which operated in the late 1860's. Within a month of his purchase, Lancaster offered one acre of his farm to the Board of School Commissioners; it was surveyed, and the deed was recorded in September of 1877. The school was in operation by the end of that year, although it is possible that it was operating even before the lot was conveyed to the Board of School Commissioners. Augustus Lancaster served with two other men as trustees of the school.
The Sharpersville school was one of the only two surviving one-room Black schools in Prince George's County from the period immediately following Emancipation. The Sharpersville school was known as "Colored" school #1 for Election District #5, and until ca.1900, it and school #2 (Chapel Hill) were the only schools for Black children in the Piscataway District. It was a small school house, which at times served seven grade levels of students all in one room. By 1924, the little schoolhouse was greatly overcrowded, and the Board considered using the White school at Sharpersville as a "colored" school as well, but that proposal was eventually rejected.
Despite its small size, Sharpersville school apparently, continued to operate, until ca.1940. Augustus Lancaster was great-great-grandfather to both the founder of AMPOCares, and Yolanda Baker.
Re-enforcing the connection between education, and financial success and independence, the Augustus Lancaster Scholarship Fund provides monies to eligible individuals (primarily women and girls) seeking higher education.