Domestic abuse survivors tell their stories

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006

Survivors of domestic violence came together Oct. 17 to share their stories at the third annual Survivors Forum.

The special guest speakers were Cheryl Kravitz, the executive director of the Washington Region for Justice and Inclusion and an award winning journalist who writes and speaks about domestic violence; Yvette Cade, who was set on fire by her estranged husband and sustained third degree burns over 65 percent of her body; and Mildred Muhammad, the ex-wife of John Allen Muhammad, the convicted area sniper.

Cade has since appeared on several national talk shows. She has recently been recognized by the U.S. Justice Department for her work addressing domestic violence.

Since the arrest and conviction of her ex-husband, Mildred Muhammad has started her own organization called ‘‘After The Trauma,” which focuses on getting domestic-violence survivors help.

The forum, which is jointly hosted by the Office of the Sheriff and the Domestic Violence Coordinating council, is designed to promote awareness, healing, and justice for victims of domestic violence. The forum was held at Prince George’s Community College.