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Voices of Courage

Click here to watch Michelle Horton’s interview on Good Morning America


“The sheer scale of what Michelle Horton has done — in this book, in her life, in telling her sister’s story and her own, in
her very survival — will leave you awestruck. I didn’t read this book, I swallowed it. It will make you feel despair, rage,
horror, and ultimately reverence and adoration. Hopefully, it will make you stand up and take notice of all we get wrong
with survivors like Nikki Addimando. I don’t think anyone will read this book and not want to take to the streets and
demand we do better. I know I’ll be out there. In a word, this book is miraculous.” ―Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No
Visible Bruises and Women We Buried, Women We Burned


“A searing read. The next frontier in preventing abuse against women is shining a spotlight on the cruelty and ignorance
with which our courts treat victims of abuse, particularly those who defend themselves against violent men. Dear
Sister is an important and painful story, beautifully told.” Leslie Morgan Steiner, New York Times bestselling author of
Crazy Love

Tickets are on sale now for the  22nd Annual Voices of Courage Spring Luncheon at Tokeneke Club.

DVCC is thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, author, Michelle Horton.

Author of the new memoir, Dear Sister, Michelle is an accomplished writer and fervent advocate for domestic violence victims. Her journey into advocacy began under tragic circumstances when her sister, Nikki Addimondo, was incarcerated for defending herself against her abuser. 

Michelle Horton’s life took an unexpected turn in September 2017 when her sister was jailed for shooting her partner. What followed was a shocking revelation of years of hidden abuse and Michelle’s unwavering commitment to not only care for Nikki’s children but also to lead a public campaign for her sister’s freedom. Through the Nicole Addimando Community Defense Committee, Michelle has tirelessly advocated for Nikki and many others criminalized for acts of survival against domestic violence. Nikki’s release from prison in January 2024, after serving 7.5 years, marks a significant victory, reuniting her with her family and supporters. 


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Last year’s luncheon was a sold-out event. Don’t miss out – tickets are on sale now!