In 2004, Tamron Hall’s sister Renate died after spending years in relationships with abusive men. In the 12 years since, Hall has dedicated her time speaking out about the issue. In an effort to honor Renate and help others, Hall is taking her advocacy a step further.
The “Today” co-host said she felt that the public only knew Renate as “Tamron Hall’s sister, ” but she didn’t want Renate’s story to be solely defined by her. So in partnership with non-profit Safe Horizon, Hall launched “The Tamron ♥ Renate Fund” in October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month). The fund aims to provide support for victims by educating their family members so that they can learn how to become a strong support system.
Tamron Hall was personally devastated by domestic violence when her sister Renate was killed.⠀ ⠀ Today she’s calling on all of us to take the #PutTheNailinIt vow to end the silence that allows domestic violence to thrive.⠀ ⠀ Have you taken the vow yet? www.PutTheNailinIt.org⠀ ⠀ Read more about the “Tamron ❤️ Renate Fund” honoring her sister’s memory on our website.
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Hall wanted to make an impact so others can help their loved ones who may be going through a similar situation. “The Tamron ♥ Renate Fund” aims to teach friends and family members how to help victims.
Hall said the goal of the fund is to make sure survivors never feel as if they deserved it or feel like they’ve been abandoned. Hall said that in addition to helping by providing resources like shelter and legal expenses, calling Safe Horizon’s 24-hour hotline (1-800-621-HOPE (4673)) is useful way for families to learn how they can help victims.
Hall hopes that sharing Renate’s story through this fund can make a difference.
“I wanted my sister to be more than a Google search and I wanted this story to be more than something of a curiosity, ” Hall said. “I wanted to find a way specifically to help the next sister, mother, friend who does not know what to say but they know there’s a problem. They know there is abuse and they don’t know how to address it and we want to provide a support for them as a guiding light.”