The Challenge of Domestic Violence – Cindy Quenneville from Sojourner Center

by Oct 20, 2020Blog, Key to Strength, Podcast, Women

When the pandemic began we heard over and over that we were safer at home. Unfortunately for victims of domestic violence that hasn’t been the case. Over the last few months, domestic violence-related calls to the Phoenix Police Department are up 40%. Many experiencing this tragic occurrence weren’t even aware that shelters were still open so they could get the help they so desperately needed.

Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month we have partnered with Arizona Facial Plastics to raise critical funds for Sojourner Center. Since 1977 Sojourner Center has offered shelter and support services to more than 60,000 adults and children affected by domestic violence. They assist over 1,000 people each year more than half are children. They are the only domestic violence shelter in Maricopa County that offers a pet shelter so victims of domestic violence don’t have to leave their pets behind. A startling 85% of people experiencing domestic violence won’t leave the situation if they feel they must leave their pet behind.

Charity Charms founder Kay McDonald has a passion for helping women and has been a big supporter of Sojourner Center for years. Our Key to Strength campaign in support of Sojourner Center is helping to provide nights of shelter, meals, and critical services to women who are ready to transform their lives. Kay recently spoke with Cindy Quenneville, Executive Director of Sojourner Center for the Power of Charms Podcast and Video Series. During their discussion, they discuss the uptick in domestic violence and the increased need through donations and financial support.

Watch their interview below or click here to listen

About Cindy Quenneville: 

Cindy Quenneville has spent her career helping others. She was Chief Program Officer for a New Leaf before coming to Sojourner Center. Prior to that, she spent 16 years as Vice President and CEO of John C. Lincoln’s Desert Mission Community Service Programs. Her decades of experience in programs and nonprofit leadership are what make her a great executive director. She has a passion for helping and supporting victims of domestic violence gives her the reassurance that the services provided by Sojourner Center will change lives.

After You Listen: 

Unlock Hope During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Arizona ranks 4th nationally in the female domestic violence homicide rate. This is 45% higher than the national average. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and you can make a difference by donating to our Key to Strength campaign in support of Sojourner Center. Your 100% of your donation directly benefits Sojourner Center and provides a woman in need with a night of safe shelter, meals, and critical services.



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