Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence is a nonprofit organization that combats against domestic violence and its negative effects on too many people. The mission of BTS is to “educate communities on the dangers of domestic violence, connect victims and survivors, and assist them in the transformation of their lives—by providing a personal development retreat, scholarships, financial empowerment, an advocate-run hotline, and our innovative awareness campaigns.”
Break The Silence started in San Diego and is now moving to Colorado. However, the organization has supported and changed the lives of many in the US—reaching all the way across the country to North Carolina, impacting lives with endless love and guidance.
Every October, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence introduces a campaign dedicated to raising awareness around intimate partner violence. Silence is the abuser’s biggest protector, and through increased awareness on the violence that occurs behind closed doors, we can reduce the isolation, shame, and stigma surrounding abuse.
The 2017 theme is “How to Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence.” Throughout this month, their focus has been on empowering victims, their families, friends, and co-workers by providing life-saving information and encouragement to help them break free from domestic violence and take back their lives.
To achieve a successful break from an abusive relationship, it is necessary to have the right tools to not only help you or someone you love to leave their abuser, but also to stay safe in the process.
“We hope to inspire local communities to join the fight against domestic violence,” says Kristen Paruginog, Founder of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence. “With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men being abused by an intimate partner, it is imperative that everyone learns to spot the signs of abuse and act to help those affected.”
Your neighbors, friends, and family need your help. As survivors, our most powerful weapon against domestic violence is using our voice to share our experiences. Our stories help others know they are not alone and that there are places to turn for help. You do not have to be a survivor of abuse to help. All you need is compassion and a genuine desire to help others live healthy lives free from violence.
Here is a look at a few things Break the Silence has shared this month:
- Kisha Ward is a gunshot survivor who was paralyzed after she was shot in the neck by her children’s father.
- Kim Kight’s estranged husband was shot during a stand-off with police after he broke into her house and took her hostage.
- Tammy Willet is a domestic violence survivor and Angel Mom to Brandi who finds that each time she shares her story, all the pieces of herself that were lost, as result of her abuse and her daughter’s murder, are put back together.
- Christy Mack was hospitalized after being brutally beaten by ex-MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver.
- There are many ways to spot the red flags of abuse, but they can be easily missed, especially early in relationships. We will explain what to look for and how to get help – or how to help someone you suspect is being hurt by their partner.
- Have you decided that it is time to break your silence? There are several ways to get your story out there and be heard. We will share some tips and suggestions to help you move forward in a way that is most comfortable and empowering for you.
- It is common for survivors of domestic violence to battle with self-esteem, lack of confidence, and post-traumatic stress disorder after escaping abuse. You can regain your confidence and empower yourself after trauma. We will help you find ways to get your sense of self back.
Survivor story videos:
Informational articles on how to spot the signs of abuse:
How to share your own story:
Self-empowerment post abuse:
Visit the Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence website to educate yourself, loved ones and others in your community on the dangers of domestic violence, and find additional resources that help connect victims and survivors and assist them in the transformation of their lives, including personal development retreats, scholarships, financial empowerment, a survivor-run helpline and an innovative awareness campaigns.