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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). 


Events are being held across the country.  Please support and attend events to gain and share knowledge on the issue of domestic violence.


President Barack Obama issued a Proclamation on 3 October, 2011.


See this 15 second video on domestic violence released by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence at this year's Taste of D.C. at the Verizon mobile site.


If you or someone you know needs assistance in a domestic violence situation please click here.  If it is an emergency dial 911. Remember, safety is first.




Brandon Wallace

Executive Director

Ambassador of Ireland and Northern Ireland Bureau Director Hold Joint Event to Commemorate Path Toward Peace
Northern Ireland 2
(From left) Irish Ambassador, Michael Collins, Jackie MacDonald, Leader Loyalist Community Party, Norman Houston, Director Northern Ireland Bureau, John Bunting, Loyalist Community Party
The William Kellibrew Foundation attended a reception commemorating the path toward peace in Northern Ireland. 
The event was hosted by Ambassador Horman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau and Ambassador Michael Collins, Irish Ambassador. 

The event brought together, in Washington, D.C. for the first time, leaders and members of the Loyalist Community Party from Northern Ireland.  It was an historical moment in the history of the peace process, including securing Visas for once jailed members of the Loyalist Community Party.
Tracie Marshall, NCBCP; Irish Ambassador, Michael Collins; William Kellibrew

The delegation included Jackie MacDonald, Leader of Loyalist Community Delegation from NI; John Bunting, Delegate Belfast North; and Billy Tranghese, Congressman Richard Neal's office.  The event was attended by Brandon Wallace, WKF, Nicholas Robinson, First Spouse of Irish President, Mary MaAleese, members and former members of the U.S. Congress and others.
The William Kellibrew Foundation Held Event to Thank Board Members, Staff, Volunteers, Mentors, Mentees, and Supporters 
WKF Appreciation 2011
WKF Board, Staff, Volunteers, Mentors, Mentees and Supporters
The William Kellibrew Foundation hosted its annual WKF Appreciation event on 1 October to thank board members, staff, volunteers, mentors, mentees and supporters for their hard work throughout the year to help break the cycles of violence and poverty.

The WKF also celebrated the birthday of its Executive Director and CEO, Brandon Wallace. 
William to Speak at Office on Violence Against Women's Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event held at Great Hall in the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building
Great Hall, Main Justice, Department of Justice
William will be speaking at the 2011 Office on Violence Against Women's (Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs) Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event. This year's theme: Homicide.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and each year, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) holds an event to raise awareness, commemorate the month, and acknowledge the survivors.  The DVAM event will be held in the Great Hall at Main Justice on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 


OVW is excited to host a discussion about domestic violence homicide, and what we can do to address this critical issue.  Among OVW's special guests will be William Kellibrew, a DC resident who, at the age of ten, saw his mother and brother shot by his mother's former boyfriend.  He has suffered and witnessed other trauma in his life, including being violently raped at the age of six.  Since that time he has worked to recover and restore his life, including telling his story in many public arenas, including the Oprah Winfrey show.  Today, he is an internationally recognized advocate for peace and is committed to helping victims and survivors break the cycle of violence through the William Kellibrew Foundation and was also recognized by OVC in their 2010 National Crime Victims Rights Week Awards and was the keynote speaker at the National Candlelight Observance.  The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also spoke and presided over the event.


Additionally, OVW will screen a video produced through the OVW STOP Technical Assistance program, which depicts the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team in Montana.  Joining OVW to present the video will be the Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, Dr. Neil Websdale, professor of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and one of OVW's TA providers.  They have partnered with OVW since the 1990s to help establish fatality review teams across the country.  He has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy. 


Finally, OVW will be joined by two local experts.  Susan Ley, the Executive Director of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, which provides counseling services for adults and children in the Greater Washington region who have experienced a loss, life-threatening illness, violence or other trauma and have specific expertise in proving counseling services related to domestic violence-related fatalities, will share her insights.  Marcia Rinker, a Senior Victim-Witness Specialist at the US Attorney's office who is solely assigned to assist surviving family members and witnesses in homicide cases, including all of the DV homicide cases, will share her over 30 years of experience with the audience. 


This program expects to be both informative and very moving.  Please share this information widely with your staff and colleagues and encourage them to wear purple in honor of this important issue.  Please RSVP to Tia Farmer ( by October 17, 2011.
The White House Selects William Kellibrew to be Highlighted as a 'Champion of Change' on Thursday, October 20, 2011 

 Champions of Change


The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative (


Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community activists, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities.


In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the White House's Office of Public Engagement will host a Champions of Change event to honor fifteen Champions from across the country who are working to end domestic violence on a local level.  At this event, Champions will share their personal stories and engage in a panel discussion focused on various topics relating to domestic violence.  In addition to the White House event, Champions will be featured on the White House website. 

Alpha Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. to Hold Sapphire and Diamonds Scholarship Ball on Friday, 21 October


You do not want to miss this event!  More information here!

WKF Supports NCBCP Black Women's Roundtable Tour in Atlanta, Georgia from October 21 - 23
Empowering Black Women Farmers, Military Families and Girls in the Great State of Mississippi to live their best lives

Click here for more information about the NCBCP BWR Tour here.


Professor Anita Hill  
The William Kellibrew Foundation is a non-profit registered in the District of Columbia. The WKF is a resource for individuals and institutions committed to breaking the cycles of violence and poverty.