One Dress, One Vision, Five Days
The Junior League of Knoxville will hold its third annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI), which is an awareness and fundraising campaign surrounding the issue of domestic violence. LBDI is a week-long endeavor from October 18th to 22nd, 2021, during which time participants wear one black dress (or outfit) for 5 consecutive days, illustrating the impact of limited resources, time, and opportunities on many victim of domestic violence. The dress represents leaving ones home due to domestic violence with “nothing but the clothes on her back.”
The campaign sparks conversations about domestic violence prevention, spreads awareness, and raises funds to support partnering organizations that direct assist victims of such crimes. In the United States, roughly 20 people per minute experience physical violence inflicted by their intimate partner. That amounts to 10 million victims of domestic violence per year. One in four women and one in nine men experience severe intimate partner physical violence. As of 2017, Tennessee was ranked 4th in the country for the rate at which men kill women in domestic-related homicides. The statistics for Knox Country are staggering as well, with over 2,000 orders of protection filed in 2018. Also in 2017, 70% of the almost 20,000 calls made to 911 were related to domestic violence.
Our goal is to raise $20,000. The funds raised in the LBDI campaign enable the JLK to deliver on its mission of promoting voluntary service, developing the potential of women and improving the community. The Junior League of Knoxville’s nonprofit partners on the issue of domestic violence include: the Helen Ross McNabb Center, the Family Justice Center, the Joy D. Baker Center, and the YWCA.