The Indianapolis metro area has suffered through a horrible year for domestic violence. Angela Warnock in Brownsburg. Beth Stayer in Zionsville/Anson a week earlier. Just before Christmas, Yvonne Kretzer was murdered by her husband in Plainfield. There were 65 deaths in Indiana last year attributed to domestic violence. Every day 1000 people seek help from domestic violence in Indiana alone.
Last night at Lockerbie Central United Methodist and Earth House, we screened the documentary Sin By Silence and heard from filmmaker Olivia Klaus. Most amazingly, Brenda Clubine was there. She is featured in the documentary and it was her work and vision that created Convicted Women Against Abuse; an innmate support and advocacy group that transformed California’s Domestic Violence laws.
Brenda was serving seventeen years to life for defending herself against her abusive husband. Last night was the 1 year anniversary of her release from prison.
There is so much to be said about the movie and last night’s gathering. There were tears, standing ovations, and a commitment to make Indiana free of all violence.
Thank you so much for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence for organizing this screening and bringing Ms. Clubine and Ms. Klaus to Indianapolis.