Celebrating Black History Month by Passing the Mic to Doris Haley

Safe Harbor Voice  |  February 3, 2022
Celebrating Black History Month by Passing the Mic to Doris Haley

Celebrating Black History Month by Passing the Mic to Doris Haley

During Black History Month, Safe Harbor is celebrating and honoring the talent we have in our own organization! Here are some words from Doris Haley, a Board Member at Safe Harbor:

What is your role at Safe Harbor?  

I am on the Board of Directors for Safe Harbor

What is your role in the community in general? 

To serve and promote growth to assure that we have the best community possible for all people. 

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about helping others and improving their quality of life, whatever that looks like whether mentoring, coaching, counseling, etc.

Why have you chosen to dedicate your time and efforts to help victims of domestic violence?

This problem crosses racial and economic lines but impacts women of color disproportionately

What does Black History mean to you?

It means that we must all continue to work because there is still so much work to do to continue the work that our ancestors started

How do you celebrate Black History? 

Educate myself more about black trailblazers, volunteer in a community event.

Would you like to speak to Black womanhood (what does being a Black woman mean to you)?

It's empowering but it's also challenging, I will never stop working for inclusion and equality because it's important for our future.

Are there any Black historic figures who inspire you? 


What are your hopes for the future?

That more and more people will realize the importance of supporting these very important entities. That our community will continue to grow “together”. That our community and South Carolina will care more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We are so far behind. 

Black women are murdered by men at more than 2x the rate of white women. Would you like to comment on that as a Black Woman and Board Member of Safe Harbor? 

This speaks to the issue that there has not been enough support and attention to Black women when they have voiced concern and fear in domestic violence situations. We must raise awareness and change this. 

Is there anything else you would like to mention or comment on?

Safe harbor and its staff hold a very special place in my heart. They work tirelessly to make a difference in the community, to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence, and to be inclusive providing support for all.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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