October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Thursday was the first Domestic Violence Impact Luncheon at the Greenville Convention Center.
All proceeds benefit the Center for Family Violence Prevention which covers Pitt, Martin and Washington Counties.
The purpose of the luncheon was to raise money and awareness about domestic violence.
Ron Kimble and Jan Kimble were the keynote speakers, who shared the story of their beloved daughter, Jamie.
“To know Jamie is to love her,” Jan said.
31-year-old Jamie was a graduate of J.H. Rose High School and UNC Chapel Hill.
Her father, Ron, is a former City Manager of Greenville.
Her mother, Jan, is a former administrator at Vidant.
“We know many of you knew Jamie as she grew up,” Jan said as she addressed the crowd.
Jamie’s ex-boyfriend killed her in 2012 following a tumultuous relationship of seven years.
“She had been out of the relationship for over three months,” Jan said. “Jamie had clearly moved on, but what we didn’t realize was that her ex-boyfriend had not.”
The couple’s former colleagues and friends joined a sea of more than 500 people at the Convention Center, listening on as the Kimbles addressed the issue of domestic violence.
“Women are in the greatest danger after they leave an abusive relationship,” Jan said. “70 percent of the women killed from an act of domestic violence are killed either when they are leaving or after they have left the relationship.”
The purpose of the event is to show that no family is immune to domestic violence.
At the luncheon, the Kimbles shared the news of a new program at Jamie’s alma mater aimed at preventing the kind of violence their daughter endured.
“We are beginning a robust program at Rose High to teach the importance of healthy relationships through curriculum and raise awareness in this community,” Don said. “God’s plan is that Jamie’s spirit and memory will live so that others will live also.”
The Kimbles hope the program spreads to all high schools in Pitt, Washington and Martin Counties.
To donate to the Center for Family Violence Prevention, text “GIVE” to 252-351-2465 and use the Charity Code #c4fvp