Join us for a fundraiser for Abby's Voice at Lions Gate Event Center
in Lafayette on June 15th.

Chuck and Kathy Robertson established Abby's Voice in memory of their 21-year old daughter, Abigail, who was brutally murdered in December of 2007 after she was repeatedly stalked and harassed by an ex-boyfriend.

The organization's mission includes:

  • Educating high school and college age women on the dangers of domestic violence

  • Providing education and directions to the parents of at-risk young women.

  • Creating awareness and exposure to pressure district attorneys and legislators to focus their attention on funding prevention of these attacks, rather than funding of prosecution after the fact.

  • Developing programs in schools for young men at risk of acting out abuse and anger issues.

By actively working towards its missions, Abby's Voice envisions
happy and healthy romantic relationships for
adolescents, teens, men and women.

In memory of
Abigail Robertson
December 10th 1986 -
December 11 2007

Abigail Robertson was a vibrant,
beautiful and strong-willed young
woman attending college in Denver
Colorado. She was brutally murdered the day after her 21st birthday by an ex-boyfriend who had been stalking and
harassing her for several months.

Abby is survived by a community of close friends, loving parents and two brothers, who are dedicated to honoring her life by forming this organization and speaking out against domestic violence.


Why It Matters?

Stalking is a crime. It is a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable person to fear death or serious bodily injury. It includes harassing or threatening behavior such as following a person, appearing at a person's home or work, repeated phone calls, repeated written or electronic messages or vandalism.

[National Center for Victims of Crime (1995) retrieved July 3rd 2007 from the Stalking Resource Center, www.ncvc.org/src/main]

1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men are stalked at least once in their lifetime.

28% of female victims and 10% of male victims obtained a protective order for stalking. 69% of female victims and 81% of male victims had the protective order violated.

43% of female victims of intimate partner stalking reported the stalking began after the relationship ended. 36% reported it occurred before and after the relationship ended.

76% of intimate partner murder victims had been stalked by their intimate partner.

54% of murder victims reported stalking to police before they were killed by their stalkers.

If you are scared at all, please do not hesitate to tell someone. There are many places you can turn to help.

Call the stalking hotline at 1-800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE

Visit the National Crime Victim's Stalking Resource Center at www.ncdc.org/STC

Questions to Ask Yourself

Experts in intimate partner violence developed this list to help figure out if you might be in an abusive relationship. This is an excerpt. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you could be a victim of violence.

  • Have you left him have after living together during the past year?
  • Is he constantly possessive or jealous of you?
  • Does he use illegal drugs?
  • Is he an alcoholic or problem drinker?
  • Does he try to control your activities, what you wear, or who you spend time with?
  • Has he ever either threatened to or tried to hurt himself or commit suicide?
  • Does he put you down, say condescending things or criticize you?
  • Do you believe he is capable of killing you?
  • Does he follow or spy on you?
  • Does he leave threatening messages on voicemail, text or email?
  • Does he call you when you don't want him to?
  • Has he destroyed your property?
  • Is he unemployed?
  • Has he ever forced you to have sex when you did not wish to do so?

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