Reese Witherspoon Lends Star Power At Women's Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - "As a mother and a daughter, I can't accept one in three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime," said actress Reese Witherspoon.
Witherspoon brought her star power along with Crown Princess Mary of Denmark to the Second annual World Conference of Women's Shelters.
"Victims of domestic violence are an extremely isolated group so we chose to work for helping women in this terrible situation," said Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
Victims like Lavon Morris-Grant shared her own experience of abuse and violence from her husband.
"He would call me stupid," Morris-Grant. "He said you were no good."
She wrote a book about the verbal abuse, which later ended violently. 15 years ago, she says her husband shot her six times.
"It passed through to the right side where it's still there to this day," explained Morris-Grant. "When you're in the midst of verbal, mental and psychological abuse, you're not sure that that is. You second guess."
The global issue is no stranger to the Washington area... Where in just one day last September, local Domestic Violence programs reported:
- 614 victims were served
- 383 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing
- 3 hotline calls per hour were received from victims who needed help
Morris-Grant wants women to know, you can get help. But you have to ask for it, especially because you're children are counting on you.
"They had no idea what that was going to be like," said Morris-Grant. "They trusted me enough that someway I would figure it out. And they stayed with me, connected to me."
The victim you saw in the story said her husband ended up committing suicide, shortly after, she says, he shot her in front of their children.