For Tamron Hall, Domestic Violence Is Personal

For Tamron Hall, Domestic Violence Is Personal

The NBC anchor’s sister was a victim of dating violence.

Published September 17, 2014

After a video aired- that showed [Tamron] Hall interviewing several female survivors of domestic violence, she was overwhelmed by emotions and visually unable to continue the segment. Matt Lauer momentarily took over, and she was then able to explain how these powerful women have inspired her.

“I cry, of course, when you hear these details,” she said. “But my tears are also inspirational, because they are there, they are fighters, and they now … want to help someone else.”

Hall lost her sister in 2004 to an apparent case of domestic abuse. She has opened up about her sister’s murder before and said that she has regrets about not doing more to help her.

Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year and three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day.

“Among these women was my sister, Renate who was a victim of domestic violence,” explained Hall. “She was murdered in Texas in 2004 in a domestic violence case that, officially, is still unsolved.

“The death of my sister and the many women, most of them younger than 20, who have been hurt and, in some cases, destroyed by domestic violence deserves the light of love and support to shine on them.

“In the beginning of this journey, I have to admit that I was worried that by discussing my sister and asking victims to come forward, I would be seen as exploiting the problem. After I announced that my Shine a Light initiative was to save a life from domestic violence, something inside of me said, ‘Who do you think you are? Save a life? Who are you to make such an assertion?’ As the voice haunted me, I got a tweet from someone who said that I should be ashamed of myself for discussing my sister’s death. That night, I got mad, I cried and I was afraid to go forward with this idea of shining a light.”

“I have felt guilty for so long that I didn’t do more to help my sister. My father, who died soon after my sister of what my mother believes was a broken heart, said of his children that I was the child who ‘was always for right.’ Yet I have felt so ‘wrong’ since her death.”

Read more about Tamron Hall’s own experiences with domestic violence in her family at BlackDoctor.Org.

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Written by Aria Ellise, BlackDoctor.Org

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