Katrina Brownlee was abused, shot 10 times, and left for dead. She took matters into her own hands and joined the NYPD to change the system that she says let her down, “I wanted to be a good cop.”
As a struggling 18-year-old single mom living in the Brevoort Projects in Brooklyn, NY, Katrina met the man she thought would give her everything, a corrections officer on New York’s notorious Rikers Island. The abuse began almost immediately, and every time she called the police, he flashed his badge, and the cops would walk away. She called it “the blue wall of silence.”
Finally, after five years of getting beaten black and blue, Katrina said enough. She feared for her safety and the safety of her kids, and that’s when she decided no more. Katrina worked tirelessly to overcome the obstacles of her troubled past, becoming a cop in NYC. She dedicates her life to inspiring, educating, and empowering at-risk young women.
Katrina’s story starts from a very dark place, and it becomes a story of grace, a story of love, and a story of hope.
Rachel Coalition provides a variety of services to assist victims of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and individuals living in high conflict relationships.
We improve the lives of those most affected by abuse – the victims, their children, their families. Our domestic violence professionals provide guidance, support, and safe alternatives through counseling and legal services.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. It touches everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, or education. Domestic violence affects us all.
CHAIR, RACHEL COALITION
Lynn Gruber, Lois Kaish, & Ronnie Senior
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