Tamron Hall and her family, including her sister’s two sons Damion and Leroy, were devastated by domestic violence when her sister Renate was killed and they were left with guilt and questions about what they should have done. Tamron recognized the importance of raising awareness for families who have loved ones experiencing abuse, and that is why she has created “The Tamron ♥ Renate Fund” to support Safe Horizon in helping victims and their families.
Renate, a mother of two, was murdered in 2004 after years of relationships with abusive men. “My sister’s death was ruled a homicide,” Hall said. “Blunt force trauma to the back of the head. A few months prior to her death I witnessed a violent confrontation where my sister was injured, but ultimately, no one was ever charged in her homicide or in her murder and no suspect was named. My sister’s case has led me to focus a lot of my attention on domestic violence. We don’t know what happened in her case, what I do know is that she was found in a swimming pool in the back of her home, face down, and it was ruled a homicide. My journey to speak out on domestic violence was based on conversations that I had with my sister.”
Join Tamron in supporting Safe Horizon’s domestic violence programs so that women and men like Renate can find support as well as a place for friends and family to find resources.
For many survivors of violence, the journey to safety and healing starts with a simple phone call to Safe Horizon’s Hotline. The Hotline advocates offer personalized, non-judgmental support, can provide information about resources in your community, and connect you to Safe Horizon programs and services. In fact, 80 percent of New York City domestic violence shelter residents are placed through Safe Horizon’s Hotline.
“We’re stronger when there are people who are willing to stand with you and hold your hand, whether in court if it comes to that, in finding a new home or a school for your child and, if needed, a temporary place to call home – a shelter for you and your children. There is somebody willing to stand with you. You just have to open your heart and tell them. I loved my sister Renate and I’ve been given the opportunity to honor her memory while making the difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence. Please join me.” — Tamron Hall