The Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation was founded in Dallas TX in 2006 by advertising, public relations and political consultant J. J. Smith. He did so as a memorial to his loving mother, Lillian Smith.
When J.J. was 10 years old, he witnessed his abusive father shoot and kill his mother and then himself in a horrific murder-suicide in Denver CO (see the newspaper articles below). His desperate act concluded several years of emotional and physical abuse inflicted upon their family. He was apparently suffering from what we now know as PTSD, after being seriously wounded fighting in Europe as a US Army tank commander in World War II.
Since 2006, our volunteers have provided a variety of strategies and services to help dozens of domestic, dating, child and sexual abuse victims and their families. We’ve:
- Initiated passage of a new law in the Texas legislature
- Wrote and arranged dozens of news stories
- Been interviewed by the media
- Hosted a talk radio show on AM 1400 in Dallas
- Produced TV/radio public service announcements
- Organized and spoken at many public meetings
- Provided emergency services for victims
- Obtained legal assistance for victims
- Held fundraising walks/races
- Organized meetings
- Attended conferences
- Collaborated with other organizations
J.J. initially founded the Foundation in 2000 but the events of 9-11-01 dried up funding and made it impossible to continue.