Mary J. Blige Opens Refuge for Women

October 30, 2009 By:
Mary J. Blige Opens Refuge for Women

Mary J Blige has always been passionate about her campaign against domestic abuse, but now she's stepping up to the plate and opening a refuge for women in New York.

The R&B queen, who experienced domestic abuse growing up, has always been a huge supporter of women's charities and set up the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) with record executive Steve Stoute in 2008.

Her charity organization teamed up with Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and several other New York-based organizations and they funded the opening of a new domestic abuse center for women in Yonkers, New York.

She tells CNN.com, "All age ranges will be able to come to this centre. Women from all walks of life, not just women from poverty-stricken areas. Whatever it is, they'll be able to come here. There are gonna be psychologists here, doctors here, day care centers here. Anything that you need or they need to be able to better themselves is here for them."

Blige admits that she has her star power to thank for the opening of this center. She said, "That's why I think as celebrities we're given this job. We're not given this job to just hold onto this stuff and die with it. We're given this job to be able to touch someone and say, 'me, too,' because they look up to us and look to us for help and guidance and want to be able to relate to us."

Blige grew up with an abusive father who would relentlessly beat her mother before walking out on the family, so she has first hand experience about what it's like coming from a broken home. If this center can help save just one woman's life, then it'll be the biggest success.