Story By: Brad Evans

The Sojourner Family Peace Center has launched a new campaign to help combat domestic violence.

The #UntilSheCan campaign initiative was announced Wednesday morning.

It aims to raise awareness about domestic violence to support survivors and spark new conversations.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, Sojourner said in a release.

Reports of domestic violence in Milwaukee increased 28 percent with stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Survivors need hope and support now more than ever,” Sojourner President and CEO Carmen Pitre said. “The #UntilSheCan campaign is that beacon of hope. It encourages people to lend their voices to help those who are being hurt. We hope to drive aid and awareness within our community and even nationwide.”

The #UntilSheCan campaign features powerful videos sharing stories of domestic violence read by survivors or influential community members.

WISN 12’s Toya Washington was asked to and took part in the campaign.

“#UntilSheCan speak her own truth,” Pitre said. “The community can share her story as a rally cry for action.”

Sojourner is collecting donations to help stop domestic violence and assist survivors.

A component of the campaign also challenges people to write #UntilSheCan on their faces in purple, share a photo on social media and challenge three friends to take part.

Sojourner has a 24-hour domestic violence hotline: 414-933-2722.

Resources are also available on its website: click here.

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