James House

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The 13th Story

Featured in The Oprah Magazine, Vanessa Reese Crawford is the first African-American female Sheriff for the City of Petersburg. As Sheriff, she’s responsible for the inmates at the Petersburg City Jail and Jail Annex, and she often finds that their problems stem from past abuse. 14% of incarcerated men and 36% of incarcerated women have been abused as children. That’s about twice the frequency in the general population. The James House provides weekly support groups for survivors of abuse in local jails to build empowerment, coping skills, trust, healthy boundaries, parenting skills and more. Sheriff Crawford feels confident that if the abuse survivors in her jail receive support that they can leave jail and not come back. “You can go out, function in the community, and be a better person.”