August 2023 Newsletter

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Breaking the Summer Cycle

Seasonal Patterns

Studies have shown that seasonal patterns exist across various types of crimes. During the summer months, there is an alarming uptick in domestic violence incidents nationwide and in our community. The reasons for the rise in violence are complex, but factors like changes in access to resources, children being home from school, and increased temperatures can contribute to heightened tensions and conflicts. 

According to UN Women, one in three women and one in four men will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Locally, an estimated 39 percent of women in DC have been physically or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner in their lifetime. This stark reality highlights the need for collective action to address the rise in domestic violence in the summer. 

A Collaborative Response

At My Sister's Place (MSP), we are part of an extensive network of organizations that work towards eradicating domestic violence in our community. This summer, to support the safety of our clients, we have:

  • Subsidized families' summer childcare needs through the Fresh Start Fund to provide a safe place for children on summer break and allow mothers to retain employment;
  • Provided each family with one-time cash support for back-to-school needs to increase financial stability;
  • Partnered with community members like Riveron to provide safe after-school activities for children (see our Partner Spotlight below!)
  • Provided safe shelter to 22 families in our emergency shelters and 89 families in our RISE transitional housing programs.

There are also many ways YOU can join us in combating domestic violence in our community:


Thank you to all our supporters, volunteers, and the community for your dedication to creating a safer environment for all. 

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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please remember you are not alone. Help is available.

Reach out to the DC Victim Hotline, a 24-Hour phone, chat, and text-based resource and crisis line for all crime victims in the District of Columbia. Call or text 1-444-HELPDC (1-844-443-5732).

Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for 24/7 confidential and compassionate support through phone, chat, and text. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233), text START to 88788.

Partner Spotlight: Riveron Consulting

Community partner Riveron Consulting recently hosted our annual Field Day, where our littlest clients enjoyed some fun in the outdoors. They had a ball pit, bubbles, face painting, music and dancing, and fun & games. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Riveron Consulting team, who year after year support the children in our programs.

Learn how you can volunteer with My Sister's Place.

Thank You RocNation!

"Thank you so much for the Alicia Keys concert tickets! This was my first time seeing her in concert, and the seats were amazing. My family and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for blessing us with an awesome gift." - A.D*

*Name has been changed to protect our client's privacy.

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MSP Board Of Directors

Shawn Wright, Board Chair

Santina Rocca, Vice Chair

Gilbert Smith, Treasurer

Sara Adland

Beverly Allen

Amy Berger

Deborah Berkowitz

Jenny Brody

Faye Cobb

Shelley Guiley

Michelle Kisloff

Rebecca Carr Rizzo

Lisa Rosenthal

Diana Rubin

Michael Sahakian

Elaine Scivetti

Kimberlee Ling Sheldon

Bailey Williams


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