Good Shepherd Shelter Hero: Victor Rivas Rivers

Victor Rivas Rivers is an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and violence prevention. His personal experience with domestic violence has inspired him to share his story and continue working toward ending violence in the home. In his memoir, A Private Family Matter, he shares not only the horrific experiences he faced but also his “angels” that supported and helped him survive during the most vulnerable times of his life.

Many know Rivers as a film actor and professional athlete and he has used his platforms to be a role model and inspiration for others as an advocate and ally to the domestic violence community. His story of triumph and resilience is critical to giving people hope that they can survive and break the stereotypes and societal expectations.

During our First Annual Summit on Domestic Violence, Rivers provided great insight on how ending the cycle of violence starts at home. It is important to restructure the ideas of manhood and masculinity so that young boys and men are growing up respecting others and refraining from violence.

Rivers is changing the conversation to end domestic violence. As one of the few male voices speaking out against domestic violence, Rivers also seeks to raise awareness and activism of related forms of abuse, along with ways that individuals and communities can do more to end violence. Victor Rivas Rivers is "a big man with an even bigger heart and soul" and a Good Shepherd Shelter Hero. 

From Left to Right: Sr. Regina Do, Sr. Anne Kelley, Victor Rivas Rivers, Sr. Donna Miles and Sr. Renee Scheich at Make This Moment Count: Summit on Domestic Violence at University of Southern California (USC).

From Left to Right: Sr. Regina Do, Sr. Anne Kelley, Victor Rivas Rivers, Sr. Donna Miles and Sr. Renee Scheich at Make This Moment Count: Summit on Domestic Violence at University of Southern California (USC).