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July 27, 2018

If it were up to Markow, no domestic abuser would be able to hide from their past.

"Because I lost my sister to domestic violence in 2005, it always triggers this feeling of sadness," said Markow, who is the founder and president of the Beginning Over Foundation.


Thirteen years ago, Heidi's sister, Robin Shaffer, who was in an abusive relationship, was shot and killed by her husband in her Quakertown apartment before her husband took his own life. 

Since then, Markow has dedicated her life to fighting for people who can't stand up for themselves.

Bill to Clear Backlog on Rape Kits - WFMZ Channel 69 News - Will Lewis Reporting

June 06, 2018

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A proposal from state Rep. Mike Schlossberg aims to help clear a backlog of rape kits at the Pennsylvania police state lab.

Many of the untested kits are sitting in the lab because, for a kit to be tested, the victim must come forward and file a police report.

The new proposal allows a kit to be tested without it being tied to a police report.

Heidi Markow, founder and CEO of the Beginning Over Foundation, will share her sister's story from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, in Room 135 at Penn State Lehigh Valley as part of the two-day Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

November 09, 2017

...Too often, children see firsthand the effects of a bad relationship, so they don't necessarily know what a good relationship really looks like and what it takes to build a good relationship.

But thanks to this program, kids are given a frame of reference that they can build on.

And hopefully, the program will serve as an example to surrounding districts about what can be done to encourage, within our children, positive relationship building as they navigate the road to adulthood...

..Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence created by Frank Baird in 2001. It is an opportunity for men to come together to raise awareness of, and peacefully protest against, rape and sexual violence...

“Instead of succumbing to grief from the horrific loss of life, Heidi pledged to make a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence and their family members, ultimately deciding to create Beginning Over, an organization devoted to this cause.


“It’s my mission to meet the unmet needs of teaching the community about what happens beyond domestic violence,” she says. “There is more to domestic violence than a shelter or a restraining order.”


In 2006, serendipitously on her sister’s birthday, Heidi received a stamped letter declaring that Beginning Over was officially a non-profit organization. Since then, Heidi has been helping people whose lives have been ravaged by domestic violence, an occurrence that affects 1 in 4 women.”

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March 03, 2013

Noah Mauro entered the LINCS Family Center in Wilson Borough with bare wrists, but he left with a purple band on his right one.

That's because he and seven others completed the Beginning Over Foundation's Learn the Basics program.

"Our goal is to get every young man across the United States wearing one," said Heidi Markow, of Williams Township, founder of the Beginning Over Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about domestic violence, and empowering victims and their families.

August 04, 2012

A Williams Township domestic violence advocate is looking to inspire women and drum up support for legislation through a documentary that will be released later this year.

Heidi Markow, founder of the Beginning Over Foundation, began filming “Beginning Over” in May and wrapped up last week. Markow hopes to show a preview in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The film touches on “the journey, the hardships and the struggles that I’ve endured and four other families have after losing a loved one,” she said.

“It’s basically the story of my work and all of these women who have come forward and shared their stories of survival and struggle and what it’s like to rebuild coming through my program,” she said. “And how they were able to recover and heal and move forward in their life.” ...

While others think pink, Heidi Markow is thinking purple.

In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its deluge of pink, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Markow, whose sister was murdered in June 2005 by her sister’s husband, is using her businesses, foundation and the color purple to help raise money for domestic violence victims...

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