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Advocating for Legislation that Requires Trauma-Informed Decision Making in the Courtroom

On October 15, Daughters of Worth Founder and CEO, Liz Liles, presented at the State Capitol during Jesse's Rally for Change, advocating for legislation that requires trauma-informed decision making in the courtroom.

1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence (physical, sexual, verbal/emotional/psychological, or financial) during their lifetime. The impact of domestic violence is substantial for survivors themselves, as well as to the children who reside in the homes where the abuse is taking place.

In 2012, 3 year old, Jesse Ray Adams was viciously murdered by his father after his mother filed for divorce, fleeing from the horrific abuse. Before the protective order and ex-parte could be put into effect, Jesse's father chose to shoot and kill his son, and then turn the gun on himself.

Jesse's Law is a movement, inspired by Jesse's mother, Christy Adams, to advocate for legislative reform which will require judges in child custody hearings to receive trauma-informed training and consult with experts in the field before making decisions that can ultimately place an innocent child in further harm and risk.

Founder of Daughters of Worth, Liz Liles, had the opportunity to give voice for the many survivors that she has served through the organization, as well as educate the audience on the long-lasting impact of domestic violence. Advocating for legislation that protects our children and vulnerable populations is crucial, and Daughters of Worth is grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.

To hear Christy's story, click the link below:

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