Lee and Nikki Downing
Nikki is Andrea and Amanda's sister, Lee is also a board member and is a tremendous help with fundraising.
Andrea Wallace Hopkins, Founder of Amanda's Way, 2014
mission & vision
No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to provide hope and healing to those who have suffered domestic abuse.
Our Board President is very hands on in all we do. She guides our board and assists Andrea every step of the way.
According to a recent article from talkingpointsmemo.com, "Three women are killed every day in the United States due to domestic violence." It has been determined "that in most cases, their deaths were preventable: others knew and could have intervened." It goes on to say, "Reviewing news stories about domestic violence homicide, one almost always finds mentions of family and friends. They usually say that they knew that something was going on, but they felt powerless to help."
What do you do? What do you say?
"Being in an abusive relationship can be an isolating experience. Abuse, whether physical, emotional or sexual, can break one's spirit and damage the soul," states talkingpointsmemo.com. Victims "need you to listen and be supportive.Once you've established lines of communication, you can ask about her safety and encourage her to think of and plan for her safety. Planning for safety is critical, especially if she's thinking of ending the relationship. The risk of being killed by a partner increases when a woman leaves the relationship.
If you suspect that someone you know and love is being abused, reach out. Ask them about it. Support her. Help to keep her safe. The point is do something." If you see someone being physically abused in public, call 911 and report it. There have been many women who have been to afraid to make that call themselves. Simply put, if you See Something, Say Something.
If you would like to read the full article from TalkingPointsMemo.com, you can find it:
Our Board VP works tirelessly on special projects, committees.
No one should suffer at the hand of someone they love. No one should be forced to stay in a dangerous situation because they have no where to go. That is why Amanda'a Way exists. That is why I do what I do.
- Andrea Hopkins
What's going on
Our victim outreach program in Tipton County recently purchased information sheets to provide to local law enforcement. Learn more about this initiative.
2003 - Amanda Wallace Chapman was murdered by her husband.
2013 - Limited resources are available in Tipton County for victims of domestic abuse.
2014 - Amanda's Way is founded and begins serving the community.
2016 - Amanda's Way is the only Domestic Violence program in Tipton County. We launched a website, established a shelter, and we opened Tipton County's first ever shelter in October 2016!
We need volunteers to help make the difference in the lives of those we serve. Find out how to become our partner.
Let’s put an end to Domestic abuse!