A couple of weeks ago in Dearborn Heights, four children were killed and their mother was bound, slashed with a box cutter and shot in the foot. Humble Design has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the garage of its co-founder, Treger Strasberg.Strasberg got the idea for the non-profit after a co-worker and her children became homeless.
More information about the campaign can be found here. But if you've never heard of reproductive coercion before, you're not alone.
It's a dimension of domestic and intimate partner violence that's only recently been recognized by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
He is scheduled to appear in Washtenaw County Circuit Court on November 28, in addition to upcoming hearings in Jackson and Wayne counties.
Update July 18, p.m.: Today, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that his office has filed multiple felony charges against Kevin Beverly, currently an inmate at Newberry Correctional Facility, for allegedly threatening to kill his former wife.
"Back then, I didn't know the red flags to look for in dating in terms of someone with abusive personality," Beverly said.
"So the things that I thought were showing that he cared about me were more signs of jealousy and control." Kevin didn't like her friends, and often got angry when she would spend time with them. And then physical abuse started to creep into the marriage.
During his time in prison, Nicole learned of multiple reports of inmates coming forward to say that Kevin was attempting to hire them to murder her and her children.
Other inmates came forward to report similar threats.
I couldn't even tell you how long, because I just remember him telling me everything that was wrong with me and all the reasons he should kill me while he had held it to my head." Running was not an option for Nicole. With Nicole bruised from the beating, he called her out of work. "I think she recognized that he was emotionally abusive, but I think the physical abuse was a surprise to her and everyone that we knew.
According to Nicole, it would be four months before she built up the courage to tell anyone about the abuse. Because on the surface, we had a beautiful home, we had nice cars, we had beautiful children," Nicole said. So people were shocked when they found out what was really happening." I think [my mother] recognized that [my ex-husband] was emotionally abusive, but I think the physical abuse was a surprise to her and everyone that we knew.
He's now serving time for an aggravated stalking conviction.