Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Nicole Beverly-Survivor, Advocate And Teacher

Oct 19, 2018

Nicole Beverly of Ypsilanti Township.
Credit David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

You fall in love, get married, have children, and expect to live the rest of your life in the warmth and security of family.  Then, your partner begins to manipulate and undermine you.  That's before he starts beating you.  Even when sent to jail, he tries to hire people to kill you and the children and you share together.  That is the story of Nicole Beverly.

The Ypsilanti Township woman is taking the lessons she learned, sharing her story and educating others, so they might avoid a similar circumstance.  Beverly's experience exposed a number of holes in the legal system that keep victims in danger.  Now, she advocates for legislative and policy changes to create greater protections.

Nicole Beverly updates her story with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair in this Domestic Violence Awareness Month conversation. 

Nicole Beverly's story in the media:  

Convicted stalker gets another 13-35 years for threatening to kill his ex-wife

Jury convicts Washtenaw County man of threatening ex-wife over court testimony

Victim of domestic violence shares emotional story with high school students

Convicted stalker Kevin Beverly to stand trial on extortion charge

Stalker ex-husband stays in prison for now

Prisoner plotted to slowly kill children in front of ex-wife, witness says

Abuse survivor plans to escape Michigan, a state where the law won't protect her

Bills proposed to protect Michigan domestic violence victims

If you, or someone you know, needs help, there are resources available:

If the emergency is immediate, call 9-1-1. 

Safehouse Center in Washtenaw County -24-hour help line: 734-995-5444

Counseling and Legal Services

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