First Lady Mary Pat Christie Names First New Jersey Hero of 2013
Mary Pat Christie spent the afternoon honoring Asia Smith of Purple R.E.I.G.N. Social Services for her tireless work in raising awareness and protecting victims and survivors of domestic violence. As a survivor of domestic violence, Asia has served as a powerful example to victims that there is life beyond abuse. As founder and CEO of Purple R.E.I.G.N, a non-profit advocacy agency specializing in programs and services for those impacted by physical and sexual assault, she works daily to heal and empower victims, especially those in underserved communities.
Mrs. Christie had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with Asia, as well as a handful of women who have most benefited by the services Asia has provided. Purple R.E.I.G.N. Social Services, which operates in partnership with the Bessie Mae Women’s Health Center in East Orange, provides a comprehensive range of services that includes: preventative strategies, crisis intervention counseling, advocacy, educational workshops, training classes, safety planning, resources/transitional services, referrals, restraining orders, and assessments.