In honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I wanted to give my dear friend Tamika Cheree Henry, an opportunity to tell the story of losing her beautiful 21-year-old daughter to a domestic violence situation three years ago. Jazmyne Gibson was Tamika’s only daughter who had a wide network of family and friends who loved her immensely. She held so much promise as a young, enterprising student. I spoke with Tamika about her unimaginable loss and how she’s turning that heartache into healing for others that have suffered like herself.
Tamika has planned a charity event in Jazzy’s honor to raise money for her newly formed non-profit organization, “I Am Here.” For more information and to purchase tickets you can to eventbrite.com and search for “A Jazzy Affair.”
If you are in a domestic abuse relationship and need help, please know that you are not alone. The phone number for the National Domestic Violence Abuse Hotline is 1-800-799-7233. It is free and confidential.