Very little was
done by the 'system' regarding my situation and after the birth of our daughter I found
myself battling in court. I found that to be abusive in itself ... having to fight
for custody of my child with a man that had so little regard for her life before she was
born. I soon became aware that many women who had experienced domestic violence were
not allowed to talk about their abuse while in a custody battle. As a result,
because those facts were not presented, many were being forced into shared custody.
It was time to stop the silence.
In 1986, I testified before the judicial branch of Michigan State
Government regarding domestic violence and custody issues for women. Since founding
the The Dove Alliance for
Victims Rights, which title
stands for DOmestic Violence victims Emancipation alliance, I have appeared on television
locally and have been interviewed by numerous newspapers and television stations regarding
domestic violence and victim's rights issues. My efforts have helped take 5
mothers to Washington, DC to talk to our Senators and during a Mother's Day march I
received sponsoring from Motel 6 to cover expenses. I attended a rally with March
Michigan Alliance for the Rights of Children founded by my dear friend Michelle
Thompson Patton whom I have worked with many times with regards to child abuse issues and
laws to help protect the protective parent.
In my home state of Michigan I have aided in developing laws to
help battered persons and other types of abuse victims. I have been successful in
helping over 300 women and children and a good number of men to escape their abusive and
In the past few years I have been instrumental in helping many
women who were being stalked on and offline and others with child support and custody
issues. Since my work has become diversified (I now also deal with elderly abuse
issues) I have developed a focus to help as many people who are experiencing abuse or
victimization to find resources and other advocates in their area. This includes
help bringing media attention and awareness to their plight. Networking
with a variety of law enforcement agencies I will work with any that contact me for
assistance. My group of volunteers and I conduct "net" meetings with those
that contact us to discuss their situations regarding cyber stalking. We help them
develop evidence to bring those that would stalk them to justice.
Heroes in My Community
and Mrs. John Engler are two of my heroes in my community. As a result of their
efforts, we now have better laws in our state for victims of abuse especially in
situations involving children. Our Governor as seen to it that his office is open to
all advocates with respect to impute on any and all domestic violence issues. Many
times I have sent him my idea's and information that was gathered from other advocates
across the US. Time and time again he has utilized the information I have provided
to help victims. I applaud our Governor for all that he has done and continues to do
concerning Victims Rights in the state of Michigan.
Another of my heroes
is Jayne Hitchcock the new President of W.H.O.A. and the
board of Directors of W.H.O.A. I have worked with Ms. Hitchcock to help victims to
rid themselves of their cyber stalkers. I continue to network with this group to
help a growing number of families, individuals and organizations to help stop this growing
form of abuse.
Last but not
least by any means I would like to mention Tony. Tony founded PACT. I
recommend you view PACT's webpage to find out more of what PACT stands for.
I Will Help
anyone via this internet connection to contact me to provide information about their
individual situations. Email me
with as many details as you can about your particular situation. Also if you like and feel
comfortable please include your phone number if this is an emergency situation. I
will gladly call you at my own expense to see how we might expedite your dilemma towards a
positive end. Together we can and will work towards a resolution.
Sincerely Rebecca a.k.a.
"The Dove Alliance
for Victims Rights"