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A Dark Side to Prince Charming

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                    their generous gifts or pledges of $1,000 or more.                                   704.786.7918
 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen            Chris and Cami Grasher         Mr. and Mrs. Brent Milgrom
  Alexander, Sr.                 Mr. Robert W. Greene           Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D.                Mecklenburg County
 Mr. David Barnhardt             Mr. and Mrs. John M. Gruca      O'Connor, Jr.                       601 E. 5th St., Ste. 400
 Dr. Sharon M. Roncevich         Ms. Gail K. Hamilton           Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Pierman         Charlotte, NC 28202
                                                                                                         704.332.9034              Vol. 6 Issue 1
  Baxter and Mr. Lawrence        Mrs. Emmie A. Hancock and      Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey N. Pilon
  G. Baxter                      Mr. Jerry T. Hancock           Mr. and Mrs. Donald E.
 Ms. Abbie G. Baynes and Mr.
  Steven R. Nason
                                 Dr. and Mrs. Willard V.
                                  Helmuth
                                                                 Renick
                                                                Ms. Rachel R. Robinson
                                                                                                 9601 Holly Point Dr., Suite 200
                                                                                                    Huntersville, NC 28078                                                 A Dark Side to Prince Charming
                                                                                                        704.655.8745
 Mr. and Mrs. David Berryhill
 Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bookout
                                 Ms. Sarah H. Jensen
                                 Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson
                                                                Mr. and Mrs. Craig M. Savage
                                                                Ms. Laura C. Simic                                                   “If you see something out of kilter, go with your gut – ask questions,
                                                                                                Domestic Violence Court Services
 Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Fazzi
 Ms. Gene Burton
                                 Anonymous
                                 Mr. and Mrs. Juan Lopez-
                                                                Ms. Alicia Sowisdral
                                                                Ms. Neel Stallings                  720 E. 4th St., Ste. 204       do something,” says Marilyn Young, mother of a domestic violence victim.
 Ms. Nancy Church                 Ibanez                        Mr. and Mrs. Matt Sullivan          Charlotte, NC 28202
 Mr. Bernard B. Clark and Mrs.   Mr. John A. Marx               Mr. Jack Szczepek                        704.336.4126               “Jessica was our free spirit,             was the one. I was never          gether,” recalled Marilyn.
  Margaret E. Burke
 Mr. Matt R. Coben
                                 Mr. and Mrs. William A.
                                  McClelland
                                                                Ms. Sharon J. Thacker
                                                                Ms. Krista S. Tillman           The Shelter for Battered Women
                                                                                                                                    our oldest child of three,”
                                                                                                                                    began Marilyn Young, a
                                                                                                                                                                              comfortable with him as I
                                                                                                                                                                              could feel he had a dark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “They seemed happy. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                saw them often.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In This Issue
 Ms. Barbara H. Conrad           Mr. and Mrs. William H.        Mrs. Aana Lisa J. Whatley               PO Box 220312
 Mr. Charles J. Cooley            McDonald                      Ms. Patti Wheeler                    Charlotte, NC 28222            small smile spreading across              side, but I tried to be sup-          But the dark side was
                                                                                                         704.332.2513
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Tree House Child
 Mrs. Parker S. Crosland         Mr. and Mrs. M. Dennis         Mrs. Patricia W. Wheeler                                            her pained expression.                    portive and happy for her,        real.
 Mr. Glenn E. Dahlen              McGarry                       Mrs. Andree White-Snow and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Advocacy Center
                                                                                                         Union County
                                                                                                                                    “She was a lot of fun to be               for her sake.”                        “Jessica wanted every-
 Mr. Graham W. Denton, Jr.       Mr. and Mrs. John A. McMahon    Mr. James G. Snow                                                                                                                                                             Receives National
 Ms. Julie Dill                  Mrs. Kelly H. Mehler and Mr.                                         105-A E. Jefferson St.        with, always into some-                       Christian and Jessica met     thing to be good so she hid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Accreditation………..3
 Ms. Joyce Everett                Scott Mehler                                                         Monroe, NC 28112             thing.”                                   at a computer training class      his abuse of her from us,”
                                                                                                         704.226.1352
                                                                                                                                        “Jessica dreamed for                  and soon discovered other         explained Young.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Art With Heart
                                                                                                                                    years of finding her Prince               common interests. They                Christian isolated him-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Moves to Center-
                                                                                                                                    Charming,” she continued.                 dated for 18 months while         self, displaying low social
                                                                                                                                    “She was certain Christian                Jessica studied to be a den-      skills. He preferred spend-    Stage@NoDa………..5
                                                                                                                                                                              tal hygienist at Central Pied-    ing time on his computer.
                                                                                                               Non-Profit                                                     mont Community College.           Christian then began keep-     UFS Counselor’s
                                                                                                              Organization                                                    Christian, five years older,      ing Jessica isolated from      Documentary
                                                                                                                                                                                had already embarked on         family and friends. He was     Perversion of Justice
                                                                                                              U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                                                                                   a career in computer         controlling, using threats     Debuts at the Light
                                                                                                                PAID
                                                                                                                                                                                      technology. Prince        and physical assaults to get   Factory…………….…5
                                                                                                             Charlotte, NC
601 E. Fifth Street, Suite 400                                                                                                                                                          Charming pro-           his way. He was also com-
                                                                                                            Permit No. 2719                                                                                                                    Contributions…....….6
Charlotte, NC 28202-2914                                                                                                                                                                  posed and they        pulsive about wanting a new
                                                                                                                                                                                            were married        home, nice furniture and a
                                                                                                                                          Jessica Rae Yo
                                                                                                                                                         ung                                  by a justice of   new car immediately. By        murder/suicide.
                                                                                                                                                Simms
                                                                                                                                                Ag e 21
                                                                                                                                                             t by her
                                                                                                                                                                                               the peace. “     age 25, Christian was              “Nothing in life or faith
                                                                                                                                            Jessica was sho March
                                                                                                                                                           died
                                                                                                                                           husband and nth short
                                                                                                                                           4, 2002 one mo hday.
                                                                                                                                               of her 22nd birt cribe
                                                                                                                                                                                                     All        $200,000 in debt.              can prepare you for the
                                                                                                                                                             s des
                                                                                                                                           Jessica’s parent ul young
                                                                                                                                             her as a beautif “bright
                                                                                                                                            lady who was
                                                                                                                                                            the
                                                                                                                                                                of their
                                                                                                                                                                                                 seemed             The couple experienced     hideous damage done by a
                                                                                                                                              and shining star life, had
                                                                                                                                                                                                   well as      a prolonged flu their second   sawed-off shotgun fired at
                                                                                                                                                              d
                                                                                                                                             lives.” She love other
                                                                                                                                                great trust for loved
                                                                                                                                                           deeply
                                                                                                                                              people and r and sister.
                                                                                                                                               her brothe promising
                                                                                                                                                 She had a of her as a
                                                                                                                                               future ahead st when her
                                                                                                                                              dental hygieni
                                                                                                                                                                                                    they be-    winter together, preventing    close range,” whispered
                                                                                                                                                                 lly cut
                                                                                                                                                 life was tragica estic
                                                                                                                                                 short due to e.
                                                                                                                                                        violenc
                                                                                                                                                               dom
                                                                                                                                                                                                     gan life   Christian from working for     Marilyn. “God gave me
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to-       more than a month. Bills       time to say goodbye. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                continued piling up. He        stayed with Jessica for two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                became severely depressed.     days. She never woke up,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The physical abuse in-         but she would cry when we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                creased until Christian was    talked with her. I sang to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                out of control. Police in-     her. I kissed every part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                vestigators determined that    her body. The doctor, with
                                                                                                                                   Jessica’s story is told visually as a Silent Witness                         what occurred on the first     tears in his eyes, said we
                                                                                                                                        during domestic violence presentations                                  weekend in March was a                   (continued on page 4)
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                                                                                                 Donate Old                        Patricia Stoy
                                                                                                                                   Kurt E. Stubenhofer
                                  President’s Column:                                              Phones,                         Sarah C. Tabb
                                  Our volunteers: priceless                                                                        Sharon J. Thacker

                                  who accompany               fited all nonprofits, in-
                                                                                                  Save Lives                       Joan Underwood
                                                                                                                                   Jessica M. Vance
                                  women to court and          cluding United Family
                                                                                                                                   Dr. and Mrs. David C.
                                  help them through the       Services, is companies’     United Family Services gives refur-
                                                                                                                                      Voellinger
                                  protective order proc-      encouraging their em-       bished, donated cell phones to
                                                                                                                                   Phyllis A. Wagner
                                  ess so they can be free     ployees to volunteer        women leaving The Shelter for
                                  from abuse. There are       and even providing the                                               Sandra Wallace
                                                                                          Battered Women to help keep
                                  many volunteers at The      time off from work to       them safe. The rest of the phones        Juanita B. Washington
        Ask any nonprofit         Shelter for Battered        do it. These companies      are recycled through the Shelter         Elizabeth A. Watkins
    agency director about         Women who do every-         understand that their       Alliance, a national program based       Aana Lisa J. Whatley
    the value of volunteers       thing from providing        commitment to the           in Florida.                              Andree White-Snow and
    to their agency and you       child care, to preparing    community extends               In the four years United Family         James G. Snow
    will probably hear            meals, to helping at the    beyond contributing         Services has been collecting             Mr. and Mrs. Madison B.
    phrases such as “We           Holiday Store, painting     financial resources to      phones, the agency has realized             Wyche, IV                  Mah Jongg Marathon at home of Audrey Herman held December 10, 2006. The group donated
    couldn’t accomplish           rooms and speaking in       their own employees.        over $20,000 in contributions                                          funds plus two carloads of items for The Shelter. Listed l to r from rows 1 to 4. Amanda Wilson,
    what we do without            the community about         It’s good business and      which we use to help our clients                                       United Family Services victim advocate; Brenda Gayle, Phyllis Romaine, Regina Resnick, Barbara
                                                                                                                                   TRIBUTES                      Acree, Audrey Herman, Fran Kaplan, Jeannie Cabillis, Evelyn Goodman, Ann Lyman, Shari Gold-
    them,” or “absolutely         the effects of domestic     builds team spirit, but     who are victims of domestic vio-
                                                                                                                                   Jay Leach & Melissa           bery, Sharon Rubenstein, Helene Cullen, Zelma Fink, Eileen Cantor, Millie Corday, Marie Rock,
    integral to accomplish-       violence.                   also builds a culture of    lence and sexual assault.
                                                                                                                                     Mummert and Annie           Ella Miller, and Roz Hussney
    ing our mission.” These           Then there are the      volunteerism in the             So clear out those drawers,
    phrases pertain to the        community groups who        community.                                                             by Jeannette Manning
                                                                                          glove compartments and closets
    many volunteers who           “adopt” the agency and           Volunteers have        and dig up those cell phones you         Gene Burton by Virginia L.    Robert Dub Swab by              Anonymous                        Sally Beauty Company, Inc.
    help United Family Ser-       help raise money to         tremendous value.           no longer use. If you can collect          Martin                       Cathy Chauncy                  Carmel Presbyterian Church       Sharon Presbyterian Church
    vices carry out our im-       supports our various        They are an integral        cell phones and cell phone equip-                                                                      Central Steele Creek             SOAR, Inc.
    portant programs and          programs. The Art with      part of what United         ment at your school or business,         MEMORIALS                        ORGANIZATIONS                  Presbyterian Church            Town of Unionville
    services.                     Heart committee or-         Family Services is          call Vernette Rucker at                  Mrs. Terry Cutliff by            A & B Transportation         Charlotte Friends Meeting        UNC-Charlotte
        United Family Ser-        ganizes the annual art      about. They enhance         704.367.2708 for instructions. This       AZDEL, Inc.                     Allstate Insurance Company Cogentrix Energy, Inc.
    vices has all types of        auction to support the      the services that we        is an easy, no-cost way to raise         Mrs. Terry Cutliff by            Alston & Bird LLP            Colony Furniture Shops, Inc.
    volunteers. Members of        domestic violence pro-      provide by adding addi-     funds for people who need our             Lauretta Chisolm                Amity Presbyterian Church The Community Center of
    our Board of Directors
    volunteer to assure
                                  grams. The Men for
                                  Change group not only
                                                              tional value. They add
                                                              that extra little smile
                                                                                          help.
                                                                                                                                      (l - r) Jude Harding with Matchmaker Tennis poses with
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Charlotte
                                                                                                                                                                                                 DiCi Services Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Connect
    that the agency is fulfill-   raises money for the        or caring touch that                                                    Sara Stebbins, chairman of the Jingle Bell Ball. The event Duke Energy Corporation
    ing its mission and is a      agency, but also edu-       makes a big difference                                                 attracted 400 celebrants and raised more than $9,800 for
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Foundation
    good steward of the           cates the community         in the impact that we                                                                The Shelter for Battered Women.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Foundation For The
    resources contributed         that domestic violence      have on someone’s life.                                                                                                              Carolinas
    by the community. We          is not just a women’s            The federal govern-                                                                                                           Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist                 Connect
    have Rape Crisis volun-       issue. Matchmaker           ment estimates the                                                                                                                   Church                         is published quarterly by
    teers in Mecklenburg,         Tennis organizes the        value of a volunteer’s                                                                                                                                               United Family Services,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 HARD TARGET Martial Arts
    Cabarrus and Union            annual Jingle Bell Ball,    time at $15.95 an hour                                                                                                                                              601 E. Fifth St., Ste. 400
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Helen Adams Realty
    counties who staff the        with the proceeds of        in the State of North                                                                                                                                                 Charlotte, NC 28202
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Junior League of North
    rape crisis hotline and       more than $9,800 go-        Carolina. At United                                                                                                                                                       704.332.9034
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Carolina
    make visits to the hos-       ing to the agency this      Family Services, we
                                                                                          (l - r) Time Warner Cable employees                                                                    King's College
    pital at all hours of the     fiscal year. All these      consider it priceless.                                                                                                                                               Please send comments
    day and night to sup-         activities take countless                               Mike Hawood, Roberta Farman and                                                                        National Children's Alliance
                                                                                                                                                                                                 PMECF                                and questions to
    port someone who has          hours to coordinate.        Mark Pierman                Jessica Graham, Director of Public
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Providence Day School                Gene Burton at
    been sexually abused.             One of the recent       President and CEO           Affairs, proudly present United Family
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Providence United                 gburton@ufsclt.org or
    There are volunteers          trends that has bene-                                   Services' Vernette Rucker with five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        704.367.2705
                                                                                          cartons of used cell phones.                                                                             Methodist Church

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                                                                                                                                                                                                 support groups, medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                 evaluations and forensic in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 terviews. The CAC is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Health Department, the 20th
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ney’s Office, Union County
Gifts from individuals and organizations listed below were received during July, August and September of 2006. Despite our best
                                                                                                                                                                                                 child-friendly place for inves-   Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Po-
 efforts to be accurate, sometimes errors are made in our listing. If your name has been inadvertently omitted or your gift re-
                                                                                                                                      United Family Services’    House to become opera-          tigative team interviews,         lice Department, Union
  ported incorrectly, please accept our sincere apologies and notify us by calling the fund development office at 704.367.2705.
                                                                                                                                  Tree House Child Advocacy      tional and now accredited is    case coordination, medical        County Department of So-
                                                                                                                                  Center (CAC) in Monroe         a true example of commu-        examinations, advocacy and        cial Services, South Pied-
INDIVIDUALS                                                                                                                       has been accepted as an ac-    nity collaboration in caring    court education/                  mont Community College,
Ana M. Adkins                                                                                                                     credited member of the Na-     for children throughout Un-     accompaniment for children        Carolinas Medical Center-
Michael J. Andoloro                                                                                                               tional Children’s Alliance,    ion County,” stated Brandy      victims of sexual assault and     Union and United Family
Autumn E. Bagley                                                                                                                  joining over 375 other         Redmile, Tree House Coor-       their non-offending caregiv-      Services.
                                                                                                                                  members across the United      dinator, pictured to the        ers. Services are also offered
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bezner
                                                                                                                                  States in meeting national     right.                          in Spanish.
Janelle C. Blackburn                                                                                                              standards for treating chil-      The Tree House staff as-         Located in the United
Gene Burton                                                                                                                       dren and teenage sexual        sists child victims of sexual   Way building in downtown
Zerrick Bynum                                                                                                                     assault victims and their      assault and their families,     Monroe, The Tree House
Gaye W. Champion                                                                                                                  non-offending family mem-      making sure they receive all    meets a critical need in Un-
                                                                                                                                  bers. The Tree House           the appropriate services to     ion County. The concept for
Julie M. Chrisman
                                                                                                                                  opened in 2005 and earned      give them the best chance at    the Tree House originated
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L.                                                                                                            accreditation less than nine   surviving their trauma and      with Union County’s Sexual
   Corah                                                                                                                          months later.                  restoring normal lives.         Assault Response Team
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W.                                                                                                                “The relatively short      These services include crisis   (SART). SART participants
   Cramer                                                                                                                         time it took for the Tree      intervention, counseling,       include the Union County
Eva Cruz
Iris E. Cumberbatch                                                                                                                          More Than 80 Families Served at UFS’ 2006 Holiday Store
Glenn E. Dahlen
Christine and Steven T.                                                                                                            More than 80 families participated in this
   Davis                                                                                                                           year’s Holiday Store held for those served
Mr. and Mrs. Mark de                     Sharon Thacker, UFS Vice President for Programs and Services, stands with                 by The Shelter for Battered Women
   Castrique                           Headmaster Arch McIntosh, Jr., among 159 Baskets of Hope generated by the                   throughout the year. Hundreds of commu-
Jacqueline D. Fanning              1,300 families of Charlotte Latin School to assist families leaving the Shelter for Battered    nity volunteers contributed items, food and
                                              Women as they set up new homes in escaping domestic violence.                        time.
Cydne E. Flax
Terry Frye                                                                                                                         Below, Santa meets the Holiday Store guests
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W.         Mr. and Mrs. Louis E.             Linda E. Matney                   Katherine Reader                where they are.
   Fulton                        Jerome                          Earl McLaurin                     Maria A. Rivera
Ramona Gatling                 Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F.          Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Morgan      Manley W. Roberts
Frank S. Grass, Ph.D.            Jimison                         Jennifer Mowrey                   Michelle A. Schonfeld
Mr. and Mrs. Steve L.          Mr. and Mrs. Gene Johnson         Mr. and Mrs. James E.             Robert Servatius
   Greeno                      Mr. and Mrs. Hall M.                Nash, Jr.                       Kimberly A. Shafer
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D.          Johnston, III                   Erica Neavitt                     Mr. and Mrs. Mark J.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Above: Members of Bank of America's Charlotte LEAD raised $5,500 in con-
   Hearn                       Vickie L. Kimray                  Nancy Nicholson                     Simmons
                                                                                                                                                                                  tributions and two carts full of some 200 toys for the residents of the Shelter
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart C.         Malia S. Kline                    Nicole D. Paul                    Mr. and Mrs. Charles D.                                                        for Battered Women's Holiday Store. Pictured here are members of LEAD
   Hemingway, III              Barbara J. Lackey                 William T. Perry                    Smith                                                                        and staff from United Family Services. Row 1: (l - r) Venessa Beatty, UFS;
Mr. David H. Henderson         Janna Lewis                       Mr. and Mrs. Mark J.              Leigh Ann Smith                                                                Tamia McDonald, B of A; Bronwyn Bell, B of A; Jolaine Blankenship, B of A;
Allison Hines                  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Little          Pierman                         Stewart and Colleen O.                                                         Mona Basset, B of A and event organizer; Karen Capalad, B of A; Tracy De-
                                                                 Diana Prince                                                                                                     lux, UFS Holiday Store organizer; Jane Taylor, UFS Shelter Coordinator;
Mr. Jonathan W. Hoffman        Mr. and Mrs. William Z.                                               Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                  Monika Cambric, UFS; Mark Pierman, UFS CEO; Gene Burton, UFS; Eva Tai,
   and Family                    Lunsford                        Mr. and Mrs. Michael H.           Kayce C. Staehle                                                               B of A and event organizer; Katrina Teague, B of A; and Karen Parker
Mr. Todd Horsfall              Bobby M. Lutz                       Raus                            Neel Stallings                                                                 Thompson, UFS Director of Domestic Violence Programs.

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                                                                                                                                      UFS Counselor’s Documentary Perversion of Justice
needed to tell Jessica it was   two choices – stay in a de-                Seek Help for
time for her to let go.”        pressed stupor or gain
                                                                                                                                         Debuts at the Light Factory on February 9
    “I told her to take the     strength by helping others,”
                                                                         Domestic Violence
hand of Jesus,” she contin-     said Young, who credits          Each year more than 10,000 victims of domestic
ued. “The life support ma-      counseling for helping her                                                                     Thousands of women           and a United Family Ser-             Hamedah has been fight-     Drugs. While the film de-
                                                                 violence and their children seek assistance from
chines were shut off and        recover. “I choose to be                                                                   are serving excessive fed-       vices domestic violence          ing for over 11 years for       tails an American tragedy, it
                                                                 United Family Services. Chances are you know
she was gone in minutes.        strong because Jessica                                                                     eral prison sentences in the     educator at the Mecklen-         release so that she can re-     is ultimately hopeful and
                                                                 someone living in a violent situation – someone           United States for their mi-      burg County Jail, focuses on     join her three young daugh-     calls the audience to action
As we went through the          would want it that way.
                                                                 who isn’t sure where to turn for help.                    nor roles in drug conspira-      one of these women.              ters, Kasaundra, Kamyra         and to believe in the possi-
next days, it seemed like a     When I came full circle, my
                                                                     If you are being hurt by your intimate partner,       cies. Perversion of Justice, a       Hamedah Hasan fled a         and Ayesha. Filmed over         bility of social change.
bad dream that I would          other children were able to
wake up from and she            move forward.”                   help is available. United Family Services can help        documentary by Melissa           physically abusive relation-     the course of four years,            Perversion of Justice will
would be there.                     Marilyn Young now tells      you explore your options and assist you with              Mummert, an ordained Uni-        ship to live with her cousin     Perversion of Justice follows   be shown at 7 pm and 8:30
    No more can I laugh         Jessica’s story to judges,       safety planning, legal advocacy, shelter, emotional       tarian Universalist minister     who was selling crack co-        Hamedah on an emotional         pm in the Knight Gallery at
with her or just hang out       prosecutors, court advo-         support, counseling and other services. We can                                             caine. Hamedah did favors        roller coaster as she navi-     Spirit Square on Friday,
with her. My beautiful          cates, youth, school and         help you and your children begin to heal from the                                          for the cousin, including        gates her many appeals. The     February 9. A panel discus-
daughter was dead.”             church groups on behalf of       emotional scars left by domestic abuse.                                                    wiring money which linked        film captures the hurt that     sion takes place after the
    Looking back, Marilyn       United Family Services’ Do-                                                                                                 her to the drug ring. Prose-     her daughters experience in     first showing with film-
Young recognized there          mestic Violence Speaker’s        Are you afraid of your partner?                                                            cutors wanted information        growing up the best they        maker Melissa Mummert;
were signs of something         Bureau and for the North         Does your partner:                                                                         from Hamedah about her           can hundreds of miles from      Eric Sterling, President of
wrong. Jessica wore long        Carolina Coalition Against                                                                                                  cousin in exchange for im-       their incarcerated mother.      the Criminal Justice Policy
                                                                 Keep track of your time/mileage?
sleeves all the time. There     Domestic Violence.                                                                                                          munity. Hamedah refused          The 30-minute documen-          Foundation that works for
                                                                 Discourage relationships with family and friends?
were holes in the walls of          “I don’t know if what I                                                                                                 and was found guilty at trial.   tary weaves Hamedah’s and       sentencing reform; and Fed-
                                                                 Criticize or humiliate you?
their home.                     say has any effect, but I feel                                                                                              Mandatory federal sentenc-       the girls' stories along with   eral Judge Graham Mullen.
                                                                 Hit, slap or punch you or your children?                                                   ing guidelines gave her judge    context from criminal jus-           Admission is $7 at the
    “If you see something       it does,” said Marilyn. “I
                                                                 Force you to have sex against your will?                                                   no choice but to sentence        tice experts about the mis-     door.
out of kilter, go with your     feel Jessica with me when I
gut – ask questions, do         am speaking.”                                                                                                               her to two life sentences.       guided government War on
                                                                 If you answered “yes” to any of these questions
something,” Young now
advises her audiences as a      Marilyn Young is one of many     or if you feel you are in danger, please get help. If
volunteer speaker against       volunteers who speak on be-      in immediate danger, call 911.                           Art with Heart Moves to CenterStage@NoDa
domestic violence.              half of domestic violence vic-                                                                The eighth annual Art         sponse to patients, training     Furnishings. Susan chaired
    The surviving members       tims through our Speakers        Other places to find help include:                       With Heart Art Auction is         to medical professionals and     the first auction and has
of the Young family found       Bureau. Each year, approxi-      Shelter for Battered Women                               headed to the spacious, art       dating violence prevention       been a guiding hand with
the murder and suicide dif-     mately 10,000 students and       704-332-2513                                             deco-inspired Center-             education.                       every auction since.
ficult to talk about. Eventu-   adults benefit from United       24-hour crisis line, counseling, referrals and housing
                                                                                                                          Stage@NoDa on Saturday,               The featured artists are a       “There is tremendous
ally Marilyn suffered an        Family Services’ domestic vio-                                                            February 10, 2007.                sister trio from Georgia,        enthusiasm for the sisters’
emotional breakdown.            lence prevention education.      North Mecklenburg/Lake Norman
                                                                                                                              Started in 2000, Art With     each with growing regional       work here in Charlotte,”
    “I came to realize I had                                     704-655-8745
                                                                                                                          Heart benefits United Family      and national reputations.        added Gabrielle Shain-
                                                                 Counseling, victim assistance, referrals
                                                                                                                          Services’ domestic violence       Kim Schuessler, Amy Cole         Bryson, owner of Shain Gal-
                             Make your reservations                                                                       programs including The            and Christy Kinard-              lery which represents
                                                                 Victim Assistance
                                    today for                    704-336-4126                                             Shelter for Battered              Davenport exhibit distinctly     Schuessler and Kinard-
                             United Family Services’             Court assistance and counseling (Monday-Friday)          Women and Victim Assis-           different painting styles.       Davenport. “I literally can’t
                             2007 Art With Heart                                                                          tance Court Services. These       Over 200 paintings, photo-       keep their paintings very
                                   art auction.                  Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission                    programs provide safety           graphs and studio craft rep-     long in the gallery.”
                            All proceeds benefit UFS’            704-336-3210                                             planning and shelter, coun-       resenting 175 artists will be        Tickets are $50 in ad-
                           domestic violence programs.           Counseling, support groups and referrals                 seling and support groups,        up for bid.                      vance, $60 at the door and
                                                                                                                          children’s services, sub-             “This year’s donated art-    can be purchased by calling
                               For details and                   National Domestic Violence Hotline                       stance abuse services, court      work is at the highest level     704.367.2708 or online at
                              ticket purchases:
                                                                 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)                                    and legal advocacy, services      since starting the auction,”     www.unitedfamilyservices.org.
                                 704.367.2708                                                                                                                                                                                    Bouquet of Flowers by
                                                                 TTY telephone 1-800-787-3224                             for incarcerated women, on-       stated Susan King of English-
                           www.unitedfamilyservices.org                                                                                                                                                                        Kim Schuessler (24”x48”)
                                                                                                                          site emergency room re-           man’s Antiques and Fine
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