Six Years & Still Growing

Portia Shipman | May 10th, 2014
Sherri Denese

Sherri Denese – the 27 year old slain woman for who the foundation is named for.

On June 26, 2008, Portia Shipman founded the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. (SDJF) along with her twin daughters, Terri and Torri.

Sherri Denese Jackson was a beautiful young woman who found herself a victim of domestic violence with seemingly nowhere to go for help. Too embarrassed about being with an abusive boyfriend, Decarlo Bennett, and too ashamed to ask for help, Sherri attempted to leave on her own. In late 2006, Jackson filed for an order of protection against Bennett. He then began stalking Sherri and ultimately took her life. For 19 months, her body remained hidden until Bennett was summoned and disclosed its location as part of a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office.

On June 26, 2008 at about 1:30pm, at the request of Portia, DeCarlo Bennett led authorities to Sherri Jackson’s remains in the backyard of his mother’s home. Sherri was only 27 years at the time her life was unfairly and brutally cut short. On July 7, 2008, Sherri’s body was finally put to rest in her hometown of Morganton, N.C. Bennett was convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to only 16 years in prison.

Mrs. Clara Jackson, Sherri’s mother, requested that a foundation be established in the hopes that no mother would have to feel the pain of losing their daughter so violently, and that no woman would have to suffer the same terrible fate that befell Sherri.

Portia Shipman founded the Sherri Denese Jackson for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. (SDJF) in 2008 to help victims of domestic abuse to reclaim their lives by breaking free from domestic abuse and educating the community in hopes to save lives. In addition, to have a special place for loved ones to remember their loss family member. Since then, the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation has expanded its vision and goals. They have had hundreds of people participate in their programs and have reached thousands through video productions, therapy session, public awareness campaigns, as well as through their website.

Now Open: The Community Awareness Center (By Appointment Only) Services Offered:

  • Monthly Women Empowerment Sessions
    • Meet 3rd Thursday (RSVP) Time 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Facilitated by Torri Johnson
  • 5OB/ Protection Order Clinic
  • No More Trayvon Program For Males age 11 to 17 years old
    • Tues, Weds, Thurs. 11:00 am -3:00 pm – Facilitated by Kyriah Shannon
  • Safe Dating & Healthy Relationships for Teens – At local Middle Schools & High Schools
  • Wall of Remembrance for Loss Loved Ones (NEW) “Remember Me”
    • Monthly Support Group 3rd Tuesday (RSVP) 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Facilitated by Tabitha McGeachy)
  • (NEW) Transportation & 24 Hour Hotline
  • Community Outreach and Referrals Services
  • (NEW) Beware of Sex Offenders – Prevention & Awareness
    • In Memory of 7 years old Shalonda Poole


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