Every day in the United States, three women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.
It seems like an improbable number. Like it could never happen to you, to somebody you know.
But it has.
|Christine Keith, aka Adventures of a Thrifty Mama|
Last week, the blogging community lost one of its own. Chris Keith blogged about healthy living, organic eating, homeschooling… the same thing that so many mommy bloggers do. And she was good at it. She had to be. Chris was supporting four kids on her own, on a subsistence income after separating from her abusive husband.
But one week ago, her estranged husband went to her house, and killed her. He killed her oldest son, Isaac. And then he killed himself. The three youngest children had gone to their grandparents’ house for the night — fortunately out of harm’s way.
Chris taught Zumba. She gardened. She went on her local news channel to talk about food stamps, and how to eat healthy meals with a minimal budget. She was a good person, and a good mother. And now she’s gone.
Now she’s one of three women who died at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends that day.
There are things you can do to help her and her children. Her church has taken up a memorial fund — you can donate there to help provide for her children — sons aged 4 and 8, and a 6-year-old daughter.
You can send clothes and toys. They have not been allowed back in their home, a crime scene, and it may be a long time before they are. They have nothing but what they took to Grandma’s house the night their mother and brother were taken from them. You can send these gifts here:
And you can help more than that. You can spread the word that domestic violence, as endemic as it is, should not and must not be tolerated. That there are places those who are suffering can go, that there are resources available to them. That there is help out there.
There’s the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially.
There’s Safe Horizon, which helps connect victims to shelters.
There’s the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, which provides access to information, and opportunities for training and education for those who want to work to end domestic violence, or intervene on behalf of somebody in their life.
Don’t remain silent. Don’t close your eyes to the suffering all around you. Don’t make excuses, or insist it takes two to quarrel. Just listen, offer a hand, and stand strong.
And maybe, if we all shine a light on this issue, into the darkness of abuse, maybe today nobody has to die.
December 12, 2013 at 6:53 am
I am liking this post because of the wonderful thought that people are reaching out to help the children she left behind. Nobody should have gone through what Chris did but it happened and is still happening all over the world. Such a terrible loss. May her soul rest in peace.
December 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm
This is absolutely heart wrenching and I feel for her children. Domestic violence is a big deal, and people who joke or make light of it only contribute to the problem.
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January 14, 2014 at 7:55 am
Thank you for this. I just recently discovered your blog and this is the first post i read. I lost a close friend to domestice violence a few years ago. She also left behind 3 children. I have a goal one day to open a womens shelter that takes in families with animals (another passion of mine) becasue often women won’t leave because they fear for the safety of a family pet and have nowhere to take the animal. Someday. Maybe someday i won’t need to.
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