Inspired by the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women by Diane Montgomery, a contributing writer for The Mary Kay Foundation

Although I’ve attended many thought-provoking conferences for business and personal interests, the most profound of these was the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women, held recently in Dallas, Texas.

There, I was in awe of the community officials, front-line responders and victim advocates – from across the country and around the globe – who had joined together to help end the worldwide epidemic of violence against women.

Despite progress, statistics related to violence against women and children alarm me. Every day, more than three women in the U.S. are murdered by their intimate partners. More than three million children witness violence in their home each year. And more than one-third of women will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by their intimate partner during their lifetime.

Yet, it elevated me to be part of the record-breaking crowd who were collectively, openly and passionately addressing issues, seeking solutions, and learning best practices and new tools.

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