Domestic Abuse Survivor to Helping Others Overcome Psychological Barriers
Tamara Charles is a domestic violence survivor and her personal experiences enable her to understand the physical and psychological barriers that prevent many women from leaving their abusers.
Born in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Tamara Charles came to the US at the age of 5 and was raised in Lynn, MA and Brooklyn, NY. She is the eldest sibling with four sisters and two brothers whom she helped to care for while her parents worked to make ends meet.
As an adult, she worked hard to further her education and obtained an Associate’s degree in 2011 from Marian Court College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Healthcare Management in 2014. She is currently working on her MBA in Health and Human Services with a minor in non-profit organization from Strayer University. She has 19-year old twins (boy and girl) who are now in college, as well as a 13 year-old daughter and an 11 year-old son, all of whom she raised as a single mother while working two jobs and attending school herself.
She is a domestic violence survivor and her personal experiences enable her to understand the physical and psychological barriers that prevent many women from leaving their abusers. Ms. Charles also understands the potential fatalities involved with domestic violence, which makes providing assistance imperative to survival. By providing a home where endangered women and children may seek temporary shelter, battered women will understand they are not alone. The mission of Sisters in Charge, Inc. is to provide a shelter designed to be a safe space where victims may share their stories and meet other survivors to support them in their journey to freedom through exposure to educational and social resources to help them regain control over their lives.