October 14, 2016
Ron and Jan Kimble’s lives were forever changed by a knock on the door in the middle of the night. Two police officers had come to their Charlotte, North Carolina home to tell them that their 31-year-old daughter, Jamie, had been shot to death by her boyfriend.
“We were in shock,” Jan said during a recent visit to YWCA Central Alabama, where the couple met with police officers, court officials and advocates for domestic violence victims to share ideas and resources.
Jamie and her boyfriend had broken up and gotten back together several times throughout their six-year relationship, but she had finally gotten the courage to leave for good. Three months later, on Labor Day 2012, she returned home from a trip to England and he was waiting at the airport. Not long after, he shot her in the chest and then killed himself.
“We didn’t realize that when victims are getting out of a relationship, that’s when they are most at risk,” Ron said. “We had no idea she was in any danger whatsoever.”
The Kimbles knew they had to do something to honor Jamie’s memory and to prevent additional senseless deaths. They founded the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage to support organizations and programs that work to create a future free of domestic violence.
The foundation focuses on its PEAR Initiatives – prevention, education, awareness and research – and one main goal is to teach young people the warning signs of abuse. The foundation has also launched the eNOugh Campaign to End Domestic Violence in North Carolina, a model to protect and serve victims as well as support prevention programs in hopes of eventually reducing the numbers of women and families needing protection in shelters.
“We are so grateful to the Kimbles for meeting with us and sharing their daughter’s story,” said Jennifer Caraway, director of domestic violence services for the YWCA. “It’s important for us to hear what is working in other states and to share best practices so that we can learn from one another. We all have a common goal, and that is to end domestic violence.”
Ron said their daughter was an accomplished young woman who was a rising star in her company and was very active in community and philanthropic efforts. “Our daughter is proof that this can happen to anybody,” he said. “Our goal is to save as many people as we can, to make sure the fate that befell our daughter doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
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