How Debra Nixon-Bowles
Saves Women From Domestic Abuse
Wendy L. Wilson- Essence.com

Debra Nixon-Bowles has been to hell and back. She knows firsthand why so many women stay with their abusive partners. But she also knows what it's like to have the courage to leave and never look back. Being exposed to abuse in her childhood and then finding it again in her adult relationships have given her the strength to empower other women to do what she did--create an exit plan and take back your life.

In 2003, Nixon-Bowles started Women Called Moses Coalition and Outreach, Inc, a non-profit organization that helps battered women and their children. Inspired by the idea of Harriet Tubman who with her own intricate network, created a plan to help thousands of slaves out of bondage and on the path to freedom, Nixon-Bowles also goes in the middle of the night, helping battered women escape their abusers and sets them up in safe houses or shelters until they can figure out their next steps. The Violence Policy Center, a national non-profit organization that conducts research on violence in the U.S. stated in its annual report, "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2006 Homicide Data," that of all the Black women who were killed by men that year, 58 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.

In her estimate, Nixon-Bowles has helped at least 500 of these women in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area escape but gets calls from all over the country. She tells ESSENCE.com what inspired her to start this organization, explains why it's not that easy to just walk away from an abuser and gives specific information every woman should know about dealing with domestic violence.

Domestic Violence and the Recession:
A Troubling Combination for the Black Community

Posted By The Editors | October 15th, 2010
By Tarice L.S. Gray

Does the economic downturn mean an increase in domestic violence? The recession and its aftermath has been blamed for a rise in domestic violence. One in every four women in this country could be a victim, and it may be getting worse. In a survey of more than 600 domestic violence shelters earlier this year, the cosmetics company, Mary Kay Inc., found that 75 percent of those shelters had reported a spike in women seeking assistance since September 2008.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year, and 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women. Forty-nine percent of these crimes were against spouses. According to the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, domestic violence claims black women as victims at a rate 35 percent higher than white women and about 22 times the rate of women of other races.

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