Joe Torre, Base­ball Hall of Fame inductee and for­mer pro­fes­sional base­ball player and man­ager, grew up the youngest of five chil­dren in Brook­lyn, New York. His father was a New York City police detec­tive and revered in his com­mu­nity. He was the cop that made every­one feel safe. Every­one except his own family.

Joe, Sr. ruled his home with an iron fist. He was a phys­i­cally abu­sive hus­band and an emo­tion­ally abu­sive father. The vio­lence that had besieged the Torre house­hold for so many years was a well-kept fam­ily secret and stayed a fam­ily secret for gen­er­a­tions. How­ever, in Decem­ber of 1995, Ali and Joe Torre attended a sem­i­nar called Life Suc­cess.  As a result of Joe’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in that sem­i­nar, he began to talk openly of his child­hood expe­ri­ence with domes­tic vio­lence. He went pub­lic with his fam­ily secret in his auto­bi­og­ra­phy, Chas­ing the Dream: My Life­long Jour­ney to the World Series.

Ali and Joe Torre wanted to edu­cate chil­dren about the issue of domes­tic vio­lence. In 2002, they cre­ated the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foun­da­tion. The mis­sion of the Foun­da­tion is “edu­cat­ing to end the cycle of domes­tic vio­lence and save lives”.

Ini­tially, the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foun­da­tion focused its resources on aware­ness build­ing through a local and national mul­ti­me­dia cam­paign. How­ever, the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foun­da­tion quickly deter­mined that they wanted to edu­cate chil­dren about vio­lence so that chil­dren under­stand that they are not alone and that there is hope.

In 2005, the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foun­da­tion opened its first school-based pro­gram­ming ini­tia­tive, Margaret’s Place, at Hostos-Lincoln Acad­emy, Bronx, NY. Margaret’s Place, a trib­ute to his mom, is a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram which pro­vides stu­dents with a safe room in school where they can meet with a pro­fes­sional coun­selor trained in domestic-violence inter­ven­tion and pre­ven­tion. Cur­rently, the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foun­da­tion has ten fully funded and oper­a­tional Margaret’s Places in New York City, Los Ange­les, Westch­ester County and New Jer­sey. The sites are fully funded and have a min­i­mum com­mit­ment of three years.

Torre_Reskin_SideBarImages_m_0001s_0000_About _ Landing

Print this PageE-mail