About The FOUNDER...

April Jackson-Hunter

was born in March of 77, she currently lives in Georgia with her family. She is an author and an advocate, who’s passion is to assist victims of domestic/partner violence in the LGBTQ community. Her mission is to help victims of domestic/partner violence understand they are not alone. Everyone needs to know that there is someone in their corner during a dark time. For this reason, she founded Mercedes’ Closet which is a nonprofit geared to offering support and resources in the LGBTQ community for not only victims of domestic/partner violence but also victims of other violent crimes such as rape, hate crimes, as well as trans-violence.

April Jackson-Hunter received a Master of Art in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Herzing University.  She has a love for a plethora of things, but books and literature has always been her passion. Her story isn’t different from anyone else’s, she took a portion of her life that wouldn’t be forgotten and harnessed it. Her life is filled with family and memories that would get her through some long, rough, and sleepless nights. She experienced violence at the hands of someone who was supposed to love her. For many years after this she battled fear, guilt, and shame until she couldn’t mentally handle it anymore.


After seeking help for what she thought were mental instabilities, she received some game changing advice.

A counselor suggested that she start a journal in an attempt to help with reoccurring nightmares and insomnia issues.

The journal she started turned into the literary work of art you see in front of you today.


April the Speaker

I’m on a mission to educate, embrace and empower your audience. April Jackson-Hunter is on a mission to use her life as a victim and her transformation into a survivor to
educate and bring awareness to the growing epidemic of domestic violence. Empower not only survivors but the entire audience to live purposely on purpose.
April is available for speaking engagements, conferences, and panels. She is most empowering as a
guest speaker as her truth brings forth the most impact.

Speaking Topics:

Understanding the Purpose to Your Pain

Transforming Why Me into Why Not Me

True Growth: Victim to Survivor



Author of Mercedes’ Closet: Keeping Deadly Secrets

Co-author on Tamiko Lowry-Pugh’s Wounds to

Wisdom: Survivor Series Vol. 3

Recipient of the Trailblazing Writer of the Year Award 2019



In August 2019, Refreshing Word Fellowship Church of Atlanta was blessed to sponsor "Story Untold," an interactive forum to bring awareness to the Christian community that focused on LGBTQIA Domestic Violence Abuse. April M. Jackson-Hunter, author and survivor advocate for LGBTQIA Domestic Violence, was selected to be a part of the forum where she told the "truth" of her story and brought liberation to others who were in the room. For many, her candid presentation was pure in connection.

April is to be commended for her passion and commitment to this work, which brings education and empowerment to those who suffer in silence.

W. La'Shaun Jones, Servant Leader 

Refreshing Word Church of Atlanta