Sabrina Duke’s family and friends knew something was wrong when she put her music on the back burner. The York County singer/songwriter said she was caught in a bad relationship for about three years. During that time, she felt like she lost her voice. Her uncharacteristic behavior – a symptom of domestic violence – alerted her loved ones to the problem, and they helped her find the strength to walk away a survivor. Duke said she couldn’t have done it without the YWCA.
“They provide great resources for women who are in my position,” Duke said.
Those in the domestic violence help center answered her questions and gave her solutions. When Duke felt alone or ashamed or guilty she found comfort. Slowly, in the last year, Duke said she rebuilt her life. She said she found her voice again and intends to use it to help others. And there are so many others. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Duke said she decided to use her music to reach out to others and benefit the programs that saved her life. She organized a Singing for Survivors concert Friday night, which falls in the middle of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read the rest of the article.
If you go:
Singing for Survivors, a benefit concert to raise money for domestic violence awareness, starts 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at The Shop at New Grounds, 234 W. Market St., York. Performers include Sabrina Duke, Dana Alexandra, Carman Bryant, Caroline Rose, Katie Robinette, Maria Lytle and Sarah Beth. The tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased at New Grounds or the YWCA of York. They are $10 at the door. Proceeds will go to the YWCA and Access-York, which offers support, education and a safe environment for victims of domestic violence. For details, visit newgroundscoffee.com. For resources and more Domestic Violence Awarness Month events, visit www.ywcayork.org.