ST. LOUIS — Domestic violence has been called a “silent killer,” but Bran-Dee Jelks says when it ends in tragic death, there’s nothing silent about it.
“It has always existed. It’s quiet now, it’s becoming more prevalent, so I think that’s a wake-up call to the community that we have a serious problem here,” Jelks said.
Jelks is the program director for the Diamond Diva Empowerment Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of domestic violence get the help they need. Jelks said more and more people need help every year.
“Especially if they try to leave at the most detrimental point. If they try to leave, they are at the greatest risk of being assassinated or killed,” Jelks said.
It comes after police linked possible domestic violence to the murder of Tyanna Moore, 37, on Thursday night. Moore was found dead outside a North St. Louis daycare center with multiple puncture wounds. Jelks said this type of attack is personal.
“That means they trusted you, they knew you, and maybe there was some fear, but not to the extent that they thought it would be their last gasp,” Jelks said.
“It’s not that I know her, but these situations just make our hearts bleed because we lost one. That’s how we see it,” said general manager Keshee Dent.
Dent also said Diamond Diva and other organizations desperately need more resources to prevent attacks like this and help victims.
“We need facilities,” Dent said. “They need emergency funds. They must be able to move at times when we had to. I think the community can donate to small organizations like us and to different domestic violence organizations in St. Louis.
To learn more about Diamond Diva Empowerment Foundation, visit: https://www.2def.org/
Here is a list of additional resources:
SECURE CONNECTIONS TEXT LINE
314-531-2003 available 24/7.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
Text “START” to 88788
1-800-799-7233 (text LOVEIS to 22522).
YWCA DESIGNATED SEXUAL HELPLINE
314-531-7273 available 24/7
HEALING ACTION ST. LOUIS
Services for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, in addition to human trafficking advocacy and awareness.
NATIONAL HOTLINE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
1-888-373-7888. TTY: 711. Text BeFree 233733
Over 200 languages. Also, many other resources on their website.
CHILD ABUSE HOTLINES
To report suspected child abuse in Missouri or Illinois, contact:
Missouri Toll Free: 800-392-3738
Room (toll-free): 573-751-3448
Illinois Toll Free: 800-252-2873
Local (toll-free): 217-785-4020
Missouri Department of Social Services:
ELDERLY ABUSE HELPLINE
To report elder abuse and abuse of people with disabilities:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Alternatives to living in violent environments
St. Louis Area 314-993-2777 St. Louis Crisis Line 24-hour Crisis Line: 314.993.2777St. Louis
Franklin County 636-583-5700 or 800-941-9144
Union, MO, PO Box 223, 63048. 636-583-9863
PO Box 28733. St. Louis, MO 63146 Office: 314-993-7080
Advice, emergency shelter and other essential services for adults and children
affected by domestic violence.
CALL FOR HELP, INC. (southern Illinois)
Comprehensive crisis and other services in the Eastern Metro area, including sexual abuse and assault.
24/7 Helpline Number 618-397-0975
618-397-0975 – Main Office/Lebanon Rd.
618-462-0552 – Alton
618-271-8990 – East St. Louis
618-397-0968- Transitional Living Center
HOUSE OF COMMITMENT
2727 N. Kingshighway 63113
Various places for teenagers in crisis.
24-hour hotline: 314-768-3201
A 24-hour shelter dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the region. Many locations.
FAMILY FORWARD: REDEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN
3309 South Kings Highway 63139
A variety of programs and locations, including housing, for battered women and their children. The focus is on financial stability.
KATHY WEINMAN CENTER
6763 Page Avenue #201 63133
Temporary emergency shelter, advocacy, professional therapy for women and children, support groups. Follow-up support services are available. St. Louis County operates this refuge.
SOURCE OF LIFE CONSULTANTS
Crisis hotline: 314-524-0686
119 Church Street, Suite 219, Ferguson, MO 63135
Crisis center on domestic and sexual violence. Provides therapy, support groups, case management, legal defense, and more.
Community and faith-based education on family violence, transitional housing, crisis intervention, advocacy in court, support groups for women and children, case management. They now have a program that allows residents to keep their pets.
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