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Domestic Abuse Survivor to Helping Others Overcome Psychological Barriers

Sarah Webb
By Sarah Webb

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.

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Sarah Webb
A bit about me, I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee and volunteer. I am married and have two children - one who aspires to be a secret spy ninja and the other wants be a doctor for toys like DocMcStuffins. I'm all about the Business of Life as I'm constantly trying to juggle my multiple roles. I come from a corporate finance background and during that time I started a women's group which still exists today. It was during that time that I became exposed to Plaid for Women and sought encouragement and advice through the resources. I'm so excited to be the President of Plaid for Women, and am passionate about providing a platform for women to #BeHeard. As you know, this organization is full of powerful, supportive women and I'm honored to be in this role.

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