We’re Going To Paint The City Purple

Portia Shipman | September 14th, 2015
Portia Shipman

Portia Shipman

The Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc., a local non-profit that has helped to prevent and spread awareness of domestic abuse has accomplished its mission!

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 Johnson and Torri Johnson (www.sdjfnc.org) in the memory of their dear friend, Sherri Denese Jackson. For the past seven years, the foundation located on the eastside of Greensboro, has helped to empower women, support the families of loss loved ones, honor survivors, promote awareness and education through community outreach in an effort to help victims of domestic abuse reclaim their lives by breaking free from domestic violence.

Sherri was a beautiful young woman who found herself a victim of domestic violence with seemingly nowhere to go for help. She was too embarrassed about being with an abusive boyfriend, DeCarlo Bennett, and too ashamed to ask for help, she attempted to leave on her own. In late 2006, she filed for an order of protection against Bennett. Decarlo then began stalking her and ultimately took her life. For 19 months, her body remained hidden until Bennett was summoned to disclose its location as part of a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office. On June 26, 2008, at about 1:30 p.m., Bennett led authorities to Sherri’s remains in the backyard of his mother’s home. She was only 27 years old at the time when 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 13 years in prison.

“It’s a dream come true! For many years we’ve waited for the day that the city of Greensboro would become more instrumental in domestic violence awareness and prevention. With the establishment of the Cone Health Forensic Nurse Domestic Violence program, the Greensboro Police Department Family Violence Unit and now the new Guilford County Family Justice Center, we are truly overjoyed!” said Founder and Executive Director, Portia Shipman. “It’s been our mission to prevent and stop domestic violence by offering preventative tools and by bringing awareness to the community on a state and local level… and we’ve done just that!”

The founders are pleased to see the opening of the Guilford County Family Justice Center (FJC), located at 201 Greene Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27401. The Guilford County FJC is a single point of access to services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse. Under one roof, more than 17 agencies have come together to provide consolidated and coordinated legal, social, and health services to families in need of help (http://www.myguilford.com/family-justice-center).

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