The Million Dollar Question, of course, is how can we stop the cycle of abuse? Where do we start? We’ve made some progress in recent years by educating the public on the need to report Domestic Abuse. But how many women have had their abuse reported, but had no options or resources for leaving their abusive partners? How many abused women and children can our present shelter’s support?
For me, the answer to breaking the cycle of abuse is to have enough shelters and resources available to enable any woman to break free from an abusive relationship. We all need to start looking in our own backyard, and to start supporting the shelters that make a difference in our own communities.
I recently noticed an article about British actor, Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek: The New Generation fame, who was drawing attention to a London shelter for victims of Domestic Abuse. Mr. Stewart was a victim of abuse as a child, and he was supporting the same shelter where his mother took refuge many years earlier. He was grateful for the support provided by that shelter, and grateful that it allowed him to grow up and thrive in an environment that was free from further abuse. It was important for him to support the shelter himself, but also to help draw the public’s attention to the need for ongoing recognition and support for the valuable role that shelters play in our communities.
So, while I hope that my writing draws attention to the tragic psychological effects of all kinds of abuse on its victims, I realize that writing is not enough. Each of the three novels of the Identity Trilogy will have different types of abuse that contribute to their storyline. Consequently, I would like to donate a percentage of the sales from all three books to specific charities related to those themes.
With that goal in mind, I’ve decided that I’m going to turn my attention to my own backyard, and have decided to support the shelters in my local community. To that end, I will be donating 10% of the profits from sales of Walls to my local shelter to help victims of Domestic Abuse.
So, please remember that a portion of the proceeds from every copy of Walls will be helping abused women and children, and will be helping to end the generational cycle of Domestic Abuse. If you enjoy reading Walls, recommend it to a friend and let them know that they can also contribute to this valuable cause by purchasing their copy of Walls, coming soon to your favorite online bookseller!