Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
There are so many people out there who are either too afraid to ask for help or who do not realize they are in a situation where they may need help. It was because of others’ Anti-violence work that I was able to recognize what was wrong in a past relationship of mine, remove myself from the situation, and build myself back up. I just want to be able to be that for others who may be in violent situations.
What is the latest book you have read and would you recommend it?
The latest book I have read was titled “The Dream Giver.” I would recommend it. It is split into two parts which both highlight the journey of following your dreams. The first part is a fable which highlights the trials that come with the decision to leave your comfort zone and follow your dreams as well as their solutions. The second part explains the fable and relates it to real life situations.
If you were a vegetable what would you be?
If I were a vegetable, I would be corn. I just love corn. It is so sweet and no matter where it travels it pretty much stays in its original form. If you think about it too hard, it encourages you to remain true to who you are no matter what environment you’re in.
What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?
- I love RVA. I love Richmond because it has given me the best 4 years of my life so far. I went to school here, I learned so much about myself and others here. I love the culture and all the beautiful scenery here.
- I love that Virginia is on the coast so the beach is never too far away.
- I love that Virginia is has so many beautiful views that are yet, so versatile; from mountains to grassy fields, rivers and lakes to beautifully lit cities.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Evolving and Resolving – (Becoming a better person every day through learning from others; Using what I learn to resolve bits of my past)
If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
I would imagine it to be a pretty large box. Maybe a house-sized box.. made of brick.. with cutouts for sunlight and openings for others to enter and exit. I have a lot of stuff, I’m attached to it all, and since there was no size limit placed on the box, I would try to bring all of my belongings. If I had to choose the most important things however, I would bring my laptop which has all of my films and written pieces on it, a few cozy items from my closet, a few good books I own but have yet to read, and some dog accessories/food to attract the puppy I would want with me but do not yet have.
What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?
The most incredible view I have ever seen was in Miami. It was more of a series of views, like a video. I was looking out the window of an Uber. It was super late, yet everything was still lit up; the buildings and the people. Everything was just so active and I absolutely loved it.
Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance?
I am so excited to learn new ways to help those in sexual and/or domestic violence situations. It means so much to me to be able to provide the tools for them to have a choice in their next step. So many people are not able to see a choice beyond enduring the abuse and I want to give them the chance to see things differently.
Dominique is a Hotline Crisis Services Specialist at the Action Alliance as well as an Intern for the Real Story journalism internship. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a B.A. in African American Studies. She is an aspiring filmmaker and loves to create as well as watch others’ creations on the big screen.
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