Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, New Jersey’s recently lifted shelter-in-place restrictions created a nightmare scenario for domestic abuse. Forced to quarantine with their abusers, many victims literally had nowhere to go. Sadly, that nightmare became a horrifying reality in late April, as Jersey City resident and popular chef Garima Kothari was found brutally murdered at the hands of her partner who subsequently took his own life. Read More.
Clothing line donates proceeds to domestic violence awareness
(WBNG) -- Angel Energy is a clothing line that donates 25% of its proceeds to a different domestic violence-based charity each month.
Sarah Ripoli started the line due to a personal tragedy that altered the trajectory of her life. When Ripoli was only six years old, her mother was murdered by her father while she was in the house.
"I decide to never let what happened to me be an excuse for my actions," Ripoli says. "I created a positive narrative for my life instead." Read More.
A Voice for the Voiceless
When Sarah Ripoli was 6 years old, her father shot and killed her mother while she was attempting to leave him after suffering years of emotional and physical abuse.
Ripoli, who was in the house with her grandfather at the time, says it was like losing two parents at once.
“Apparently my dad had threatened to kill me too—my mom had written it all down. She basically predicted her death,” Ripoli says of her father who subsequently faced a trial and jail time. “It happened the month before I turned seven, and I never wanted anyone to feel bad for me, so I kept it a secret.”
Despite the traumatic event, Ripoli tried to move on and live a normal life. She was raised by her maternal grandparents in Southern New Jersey. She came to Monmouth University alongside her best friend, joined a sorority, met her future boyfriend, graduated, moved to Philadelphia, and successfully landed a job working in finance recruiting.
But after working in corporate America for five years, Ripoli started to feel unfulfilled. Read more.
COVID-19: Clothing Line Designed To Fight Domestic Violence
FREEHOLD, N.J. - Jersey girl Sarah Ripoli, who endured the tragedy of losing her mother to domestic violence, is helping to raise awareness with her clothing line.
"Angel Energy is a domestic violence awareness-based clothing line," Ripoli explained. "We donate 25 percent of our proceeds each month to a different domestic violence-based organization all over the nation." Read more.
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NJ woman creates clothing line to benefit domestic violence victims
Miss New Jersey USA Gina Mellish partners with Angel Energy to raise domestic violence awareness
Mutual experiences can connect humans to one another for a variety of reasons. Upon meeting, Sarah Ripoli and Gina Mellish shared a cause they were both passionate about — domestic violence awareness.
"I just feel like our lives are so intertwined in our experiences," Mellish said of Ripoli. "So we were really excited to do the collaboration together." Read More
Hoboken Woman Lost Mom To Domestic Violence. She's Worried Again.
When Sarah Ripoli was 6 years old and living in the upscale town of Medford, in Burlington County, her father killed her mother upstairs while she was in the basement of their house. Two years later, in 2001, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and spent 15 years in jail.
Sarah, 27, who is now living in Hoboken and running a clothing line, wrote about the tragic day in a blog entry last year, but for years she had avoided telling people she met.
"Losing a parent to domestic violence is like losing two parents at once," she wrote. "In an instant, they both become physically gone in different ways. It's something that happens in such a little amount of time but comes with years of pain." Read More
COVID-19 shifts more Angel Energy to social media for domestic violence help
Before she turned seven, Sarah Ripoli lost her mother to domestic violence. The 27-year-old Hoboken resident co-founded Angel Energy last year, a clothing line from which 25% of the proceeds go to a different charity that helps victims of domestic violence each month.
Ripoli loves fashion, and part of Angel Energy inherently seems to be to encouraging people to use what you love to elevate yourself. Read More
After personal tragedy, apparel company founder raises domestic abuse awareness
April 8, 1999 remains a day Ripoli can never forget. Through her website, she started publicly sharing her story to show people that she remained resilient through a family tragedy — losing her mother to an act of domestic violence.
Ripoli established clothing company Angel Energy to generate domestic abuse awareness. She donates 25 percent of the proceeds to a different nonprofit each month that helps women who suffer from domestic violence.
This is her story. Read More