Healing & Hope Luncheon

Thank you for attending The 3rd Annual¬†Healing & Hope Luncheon. Our featured speaker, Victor Rivas Rivers, delivered a powerful message about his violent upbringing as a child and how domestic violence is not just a woman’s issue, it is everyone’s issue.




We hope that you will join us again next year for the 4th Annual Healing & Hope Luncheon! Keep up with us here and on social media @ftbendwomensctr for updates.


Thank you for brining healing & hope to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.

You can still get involved with our cause by volunteering or donating.




Victor Rivas Rivers, veteran film star, best-selling author, renowned advocate for violence prevention, and the first Cuban-born football player to land a tryout with the Miami Dolphins, Victor Rivas Rivers has achieved extraordinary success in numerous arenas. But given his violent upbringing, few of those achievements were ever likely.


“His story is about being saved by love at a time when most people considered him beyond rescue.”


Victor Rivas Rivers, his mother and siblings experienced unspeakable physical abuse at the hands of his father. At the age of 12, he visited his local police department to report a lifetime of violence. Though the officers were horrified, Victor was told it was a ‘private family matter.’ At 15, Victor’s abusive father kidnapped him and his siblings, transporting them to a different state, without their mother…(read more)