As an African-American woman with a largely black staff, Smith is also able to service black women who might feel uncomfortable or alienated in a mainstream services facility — in a unique way.
Housed in offices painted pretty shades of purple and pink, Purple R.E.I.G.N. offers a place for women to have rape kits administered that is far warmer than the typical hospital. There are spaces to work out in the basement, so women can take care of themselves as they rebuild their lives.
Most of all, there is Smith herself, who with her bright smile and cozy office full of photos and mementoes, is a living testimony to the power one has to overcome abuse.
Sometimes women need that extra level of comfort when coming out of that scenario. Seeing a woman who looks like them who has overcome helps to counter the destructiveness they are trying to escape.
“Domestic violence is about power and control,” Smith said. “It is learned behavior used to dominate, manipulate, and control another person. The cycle of violence is both dangerous and destructive.”
Breaking the cycle of abuse
- Appointment to New Jersey State Board
- CBS News/Brooklyn DA “Evidence Comes to Light”
- Father’s Incorporated Partnership Video Series
- High Rates of Depression Among African-American Women, Low Rates of Treatment
- HOT 97 “DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH
- HOT 97: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RAY RICE AND THE NFL
- HOT 97: “FOOTBALL & FIREARMS”
- My 9 News “Aquilla’s Promise Aimed At Combating Domestic Violence”
- NJ Hero’s Award/ NJ First Lady Mary Pat Christie
- The Grio, Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- The Grio, featuring Dr. Jeff Gardere
- The Star Ledge, Unstoppable Girls Retreat
- Unstoppable Girls Campaign with Caryl Lucas
- Mission Statement
- Program Overview