The Washington, D.C. community will remember a toddler whose life was changed forever in 2012 when her father killed her mother, Selina. Kodie Brown was in her mother’s arms during the incident and was injured, but survived. Kodie's grandparents are now taking care of her.
A Domestic Violence Awareness Community Fun Day will take place August 21 at the Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th St. NW in Washington, DC to educate the public about the issue. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and feature guest speakers, teen workshops, music and refreshments, according to the Selina and Kodie Brown Foundation, also known as SKB Foundation. Free backpacks will be handed out.
The foundation wants people to be fully aware of domestic violence, according to Kodie's grandfather. "One of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime," said Derrick Ferguson. "An estimate 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner," Ferguson said. "Eighty-five percent of victims of domestic violence are women."
The featured speaker will be Rev. Dr. Unnia L. Pettus, of Nobody But God Outreach Ministries. Pettus is a survivor and advocate whose ministry receives no government or private funding.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline has advocates available at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) all day, every day. All calls are confidential and anonymous and advocates speak a collective 170 languages.