A Message from Dr. Roz Roach, Founder of Women’s Lives Matter 2:

Dear Friends:

I have been in the business of defending, supporting and providing healing to survivors of violence for over 30 years.  I have seen so many traumatized women and children cross my path.  Each one of them have experienced and/or witnessed some form of abuse and they have each demonstrated the negative impact violence can have on their emotional, physical and psychological well being.

Where I feel a desperate need is with my sisters in the Caribbean who are being murdered, raped and violently assaulted on a daily basis.  They are crying out for help and have been for many decades.  The issue surrounding domestic violence has been persistent and growing.  There are a lack of resources for domestic violence victims in the Caribbean and I am determined to assist women who are in a state of crisis as a result of experiencing abuse.

It is vitally important to recognize that this is a global issue that crosses all cultures, race, genders and boundaries.  It is all of our responsibilities to make a difference and use our voices and resources to intervene and help eradicate violence. I know that if the cycle of violence is not stopped, the perpetrators will keep perpetrating and the victims will stay traumatized. I believe that without treatment, intervention and proper supports in place, women will continue to die at an alarming rate.

I feel it is our obligation as leaders, and as members of society to care for, support and to help these women to break free from their violent experiences and progress towards peaceful and productive lives.

I need your help to begin and continue this crucial work.  Remember that a life without violence is the ONLY life to live.

~Dr. Roz Roach

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