Family affected by domestic violence uses tragedy to help others

Domestic Violence Family Impact

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A family that suffered a double homicide is sending a message of hope to others after a domestic violence situation took the lives of Frances Nelson and Mamie Childs in 2017.

They are hoping to inspire others after their tragic loss.

One of the victim’s daughters said the night of the double murder was a complete nightmare.

Now, through her organization she hopes to show everyone that there is life after domestic violence and anyone can turn tragedy into a torch for others to follow.

“My children! I wanted them to push forward to strive to keep putting their feet in front of one another, because life does not stop," said Cassenda Nelson, daughter to Frances Nelson.

In August 2017, Cassenda lost her mother Frances Nelson and aunt Mamie Childs in what she calls her worst nightmare, a double murder homicide that stemmed from domestic violence.

Cassenda’s daughters, Isis and Amunet Nelson, both 9 and 10, were in the home at the time their grandmother and aunt lost their lives. She said since that tragic night, the reality of them being gone hits her every day.

“My mom was present, and 30 minutes later, she was dead,” said Cassenda.

Her family faces this reality daily.

Cassenda’s goal now is to heal people who are victims of domestic violence through her non-profit organization called I & A Divyne Purpose, with a series of life coaching, training and woman empowerment.

“I just want everything to represent their strength. Isis and Amunet’s Divyne Purpose,” said Nelson.

Nelson said although her family had to go through this, it was for a purpose. And maybe that purpose is for other victims of domestic violence to have the courage to seek help and find their own strength and hope.

“I want them to accept what they’ve been through and try to show people that even through hurt and pain, you can still be successful,” said Nelson.

And knowing your past tribulations can be a part of someone else’s journey to freedom.

“Anyone that is going through any type of pain to look at us and see that we’ve been through something very devastating, if we can make it, you can too,” Nelson encouraged.

Nelson said she is in the beginning stages of renovating a building to create a domestic violence hub to help victims get back on the right track.

Right now, she needs the community’s help with donations, clothes and supplies to get the program and the building up and running.

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