The Portia Southern Foundation

Domestic Violence Awareness


 The Portia Southern Foundation

Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place every October. It evolved from a Day of Unity first observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates for survivors of abuse across the nation who was working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state and national levels, and has since grown to become a federally observed month of awareness and action on domestic violence.

The Portia Southern Foundation was started in October of 2015, as a non-profit organization, geared to advocate for families that felt they had nowhere to go, nowhere to turn, and no one who would listen.

Portia Southern was a silent victim of Domestic Violence till her death. She was born April 29, 1985. She attended High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Upon completion, she graduated with honors and went on to pursue her career in the United States Navy. She achieved numerous medals and commendations during her military career. Portia was a Quarter Master 2nd Class on Assault Craft Unit 1 on Coronado Island, CA. She had a passion for everything and everyone she touched. So much so, you could say that she was a perfectionist. Her family, friends, and colleges, loved and admired her drive and determination. She left her smile upon everyone she touched.

Portia was a very strong and strong willed individual. She could handle and excel in any task or assignment given to her with no supervision. She took her strengths and used them in her professional and personal life. She could hold her on. Whatever problem or situation she faced in her marriage, she felt confident that she could handle it. This last trial to right any wrongs in her relationship was more than she or anyone could imagine. An early day off duty to take the kids to the dentist would be her last. She walked into her home to find her husband sitting there, waiting for his perfect moment. As documents would show, this was not the first encounter, but certainly the last. This time unlike others, Portia though she could defuse whatever was wrong (again), but could not save herself or her husband. This would be her last cry, leaving two innocent children without a mother or a father.

I, Veda Cavitt am the mother and the voice of Portia Southern., advocating for all those victims that have been silent. I will help find protection, shelter, and resources for those victims. I will scream to the Heavens until someone listens. I have partnered with the NNEDV “National Network to End Domestic Violence “out of Washington, DC. They are the National link to resources and information in our communities to…..

If you would like to make a donation to THE PORTIA SOUTHERN FOUNDATION,  please use the link below.

“Stop The Violence and End The Silence”.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.




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