Raven SantanaAug 11, 2017, 10:46 pmAug 12, 2017, 8:08 am

Fundraiser honors Newark mayor’s older sister who died in domestic violence incident

Staff at Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center hope to attract victims who seek help


Just a day before the anniversary of his sister's death, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka held a community event Friday that included a three-on-three youth basketball tournament at the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center on Clinton Avenue.

The resource center and event is in honor of Shani Baraka, the mayor's sister who was shot by her older sister' estranged husband on Aug. 12, 2003.

The resource center is a one-stop-center for women in crisis. It provides immediate full-time on site health screening, mental health, addiction and crisis counseling, food and shelter.

Survivors of domestic abuse say a painting of Shani gives them strength every time they walk into the room of the center where it hangs. .

The staff at the center says in honor of her memory they hope to attract more women who are looking for help and resources to remove themselves from violent relationships.

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