This week Today Show co-host Tamron Hall joined seven women who shared their stories about domestic violence. A tearful Hall, who also hosts NewsNation on MSNBC, spoke and wrote candidly about seeing her now-deceased sister get physically abused.
Three women are killed each day by a current, or former, intimate partner. Hall’s older sister, Renate, is one of them. She was murdered in Texas in 2004; the case is still officially unsolved, Hall said.
“The death of my sister and the many women, most of them younger than 20, who have been hurt and, in some cases, destroyed by domestic violence deserves the light of love and support to shine on them,” wrote Hall on the Today Show blog.
The blog post and television segment, which aired on Monday, is part of a campaign to raise money to fight domestic violence as well as raise awareness about younger victims of abuse– middle school girls — who are now falling prey to violence that is being fueled by bullying on social media, Hall said. So far Hall has raised $26,935.00.
“How do you save a life?” asked Hall through tears. “Part of what we want to do in our goal to save a life is to show people that there is someone out there. Many (survivors) felt alone,” Hall said. “You’re not alone, there are people there and we are part of those who are there now.”
Hall’s focus on domestic violence is part of the Today Show’s year-long series to give back by supporting worthy causes. So far fellow co-hosts Carson Daly is building school gardens as a way to bring attention to childhood hunger and healthier eating, while Natalie Morales ran the Boston Marathon in honor of victims in last year’s bombing attack.
Here’s Hall’s segment: