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Domestic violence survivor donates cosmetics proceeds to crisis center

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:53 pm

Drenda Williams of Vandalia donates $905 to Audrain County Crisis and Intervention Services. Accepting the check is Peggy Payne, director of ACCIS, which serves all of Audrain County including Vandalia, Farber and Laddonia.

By Barry Dalton
Drenda Williams, an entrepreneur, author and domestic violence survivor, donated $905 of her cosmetic line proceeds to the Audrain County Crisis and Intervention Services in downtown Mexico, on Oct. 16.
“I’m proud to be a domestic violence survivor and am able to give back in some capacity to the community as a native Vandalian,” Williams said.
Her book “The Will To Live: Finding The Strength Within To Survive,” which she wrote in 2018, is a guide to successfully fight domestic abuse like the way she battled it in her own life.
A Christian, mother and professional, she continues to embark on projects that express her purpose and passion. She has developed a line of cosmetics that have domestic violence education packaging. JoyL is an all natural lip gloss product line, and Mfalme is a beard, hair and skin care line. Williams donates 10 percent of her sales to domestic violence shelters.
“I suffered through severe emotional and physical abuse that also involved my daughter, my family and my ex-husband who was just a friend at the time,” Williams explained. “It affected my life in ways I did not know until later. Writing this book is not merely something to read, it’s my overpowering sense of duty to the millions of women and men who are suffering or are in great danger of suffering abuse.”
Williams works to empower teens and young adult victims of
domestic abuse. Williams dealt with domestic violence when she was age 17-20. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, domestic violence affects 19% of college students and 32% of high school students.
Her book is emotional, revisiting real events, but most importantly is designed to change your life and equip you with the tools to survive. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and other online sites. Learn more at