Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019. 1:01 pm CST.
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Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter is the CEO of Caribbean Moms Network. Flores-Carter is a Professor of Social Work and a Researcher in the Social and Behavioral Science Field. Dr. Flores-Carter holds a BA in Psychology from CSU, Dominguez Hills, an MSW from CSU, Long Beach as well as a Doctor of Social Work degree from UT Knoxville she’s also a Board of Behavioral Sciences Academy Certified Social Worker (ACSW). An expert in Women’s Health and Maternal Mental Health Flores-Carter has dedicated her career to helping bring awareness on issues affecting women and children. Dr. Flores-Carter is best known for her work as a Public Hospital Clinical Social Worker where she worked with children suffering from trauma related to child abuse and women experiencing significant life crisis such as intimate partner violence, substance abuse complications, and Mental Illness.
By Dr. Kendra Flores- Carter: Domestic Violence is a hidden epidemic that leaves many families homeless and living in shelters. Research indicates that women and children are often the victims that seek help in shelters. This October Belizean born Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter who works at California Baptist University (CBU) in Riverside, California along with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Social Work Program organized a “Purple Blanket drive.” The month of October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
The purpose of the drive was to collect blankets for families locally and internationally who are victims of Domestic Violence. CBU partnered with two shelters Mary Open Doors in Belize and Option House in San Bernardino, California. Both shelters mission is to provide services to victims of Domestic Violence.
One in three women throughout the globe experience some form of violent victimization during their lives. In addition, twenty-one to 34 percent of women will be slapped, kicked, beaten, choked, or threatened or attacked with a weapon at least once by a partner. Also, more than half of murdered women are murdered by a partner. Domestic Violence is a form of violence happens in one-fourth of all marriages. Certain factors such as low economic status, poverty, excessive stress, lack of education, and families with several children are at a much higher risk to have abuse in their homes.
Dr. Flores-Carter serves as the chair of the special events committee and proposed the idea to do a Blanket drive for families both locally and internationally. One of CBU’s core mission is the encouragement of students, staff, and faculty to be “Globally Minded” in their efforts to help others who are marginalized and in need of assistance around the world. Survivors of Domestic violence often feel alone in their journey and providing a blanket may seem little but to families who had to leave everything behind for safety it means a lot and so we are happy to provide these donations to the Mary Open Doors Shelter. A total of 80 blankets were donated for the drive which will go to families locally and internationally.
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