HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – The family of a local woman killed in a domestic violence incident is now being rewarded for their commitment to saving other lives.
Authorities believe Renee Herbert was killed by her husband in April. Her family has since created a group to help make sure no one else loses a loved one to domestic violence.
“We couldn’t be more happy and honored and proud to receive that,” said Ericka Thibeault, Renee’s sister.
After Renee was stabbed to death in West Springfield this spring, allegedly at the hands of her husband, this group of family members decided to take action.
They’ve created a domestic violence awareness group called WORTH, Warriors of Renee Thibeault Herbert, urging people to recognize love for oneself.
Their mission now is to inspire others to get the help they deserve and need when faced with domestic violence after they say were stunned to learn Renee had been living with it.
Friday night they were honored for their efforts, being recognized as “Game Changers” by the Valley Blue Sox and Center for Human Development, given to someone who makes an impact in their community.
Now as they prepare to begin helping victims of domestic violence, they know it’s what Renee would have wanted.
“We’re having our first training session tomorrow and we hope to start it on Sunday and start the ball rolling for someone to get help that they need,” Thibeault said.
Starting this Sunday, the West Springfield based group will begin connecting domestic violence survivors with advocates to get them help. Anyone needing help can call 1-844-worthy2.
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