To raise awareness of our mission and vision, the Junior League of Knoxville launched the Little Black Dress Initiative during the third week of October, 2018 which is the National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a global initiative started by London’s Junior League to raise awareness of the impact of generational poverty. Our JLK LBDI will be localized to raise awareness on our vision to serve the immediate needs of the community with a focus on domestic violence and its relationship to women’s safety. LBDI Ambassadors will wear one black dress (or outfit) for one week to illustrate the effects of leaving one’s home due to domestic violence with “nothing but the clothes on her back.” They’ll also have a button that reads “Ask Me About My Dress,” which will invite dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers regarding this important community topic.
With this initiative, we will be helping to tackle and reduce staggering numbers related to Knoxville’s domestic violence statistics. Between 2007 and 2011, Knoxville/Knox County dispatch received an average of one call every thirty minutes related to domestic violence. The Family Justice Center served 1,907 victims of domestic violence in 2011, while the number of concluded Orders of Protection filed in Fourth Circuit Court in Knox County was 2,643.1 Our goal is to raise $25,000. Proceeds from this initiative will be used to support our JLK Personal Development Center at Helen Ross McNabb, our community placements at Joy D. Baker and the Family Justice Center, and our JLK Scholarship programs.