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Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To provide community resources and support services to victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence.

Programs: Survivor Sister Retreat: To support a leadership development program, which empowers female survivors of domestic violence as they partake in workshops devoted to promoting a positive self-image, individual development, life skills training, and enrichment courses. Angel Families Retreat: The Angel Families Retreat is an overnight program that hosts families who have lost loved ones from domestic violence. Attendees experience healing through group activities, intimate discussions, and workshops led by trained professionals, and through guided meditation and reflection. National Scholarship Program: Break the Silence against Domestic Violence recognizes and honors victims, survivors, children, and relatives of those affected by domestic violence through our annual scholarship program. Recipients must be committed to academic excellence, leadership, and community service. Holidays of Hope is our way of spreading love and cheer for children who have been devastated by domestic violence through surprise gift-giving. Jamie Campbell’s Grants of Hope Financial Empowerment: Provides survivors of domestic violence with financial assistance to help overcome economic challenges as a direct result from financial abuse. Survivor Helpline: Break the Silence against Domestic Violence now offers a unique service many other nonprofits typically do not. We offer a Survivor Helpline, which is answered Monday – Sunday. Confidential Social Media Support & Advocacy: Technology has been an increasingly popular outlet for survivors and victims of trauma to seek refuge. Our trained advocates provide support and care for those who are looking for help “anonymously.”

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Chloe J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTS is an innovative organization that puts victims as their top priority. It has been a privelege to work with them and I have learned invaluable lessons along the way. I am excited to work with them for years to come and to continue to be apart of the great strides they make in empowering victims and educating the public.

2 Jillian9

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for BTS, I wouldn't have anyone to go to when I have questions or concerns regarding the abuse I went through. They have helped a lot. These women are amazing and so inspiring. I wouldn't know where I would be without them.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Break the Silence has been a huge part of my healing process. I have tried to channel my energy into writing as I move forward into a better life, and now I'm able to do that as a part of BTS with positive feedback and support.

When I was struggling with some confusion on judicial protocol, someone from BTS even called the courthouse on my behalf to clarify some things. They go above and beyond to educate and help others. Amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with BTS for over a year now. The Founder is one of my good friends and we have worked on many projects together. Kristen was a Guest Speaker at an event I put on last year, The Women Empowering Women Forum. We then partnered up to create a Mentorship Workshop series for survivors of domestic violence. This 12 week workshop series taught our mentees many valuable personal and professional skills in order to be more productive in the work place. It was an honor to work with Kristen for those months. I then participated in Board meetings, team meeting and many of BTS's events all over San Diego. I HIGHLY recommend looking into and supporting BTS. My mom and best friend are survivors of domestic violence...this mission is very important to me and I see so many opportunities to support and love women who have experienced any form of abuse or violence.

1 Beth162

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found break the silence in the early morning of a sleepless night. I was broken in ways i didnt know how to handle. I didn't know where to go or what to do. I found an amazing support group of the most amazing people. They helped me through the worst of times and helped me become the advocate i am today. I have made some amazing friendships that will last a lifetime. Break the Silence helped me when I couldn't help myself. There is no words to express how much they helped me heal through the worst of the worst. I owe everything i am today to Break The Silence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a survivor of domestic violence. When I first connected with Break The Silence I wanted to give back as an advocate and volunteer and had no idea of the transformation I was about to experience for myself. Connecting with other survivors has been truly amazing and very healing for me. I love attending the bimonthly empowerment meetings that BTS offers, there's always something new to learn and it gives me a chance to be with other women that understand me. I was completely broken inside and I've transformed into a confident and brave woman with the help and support of BTS.

Jennifer521

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was nearly killed in a violent attack by my husband in 2006. I continue to suffer physically. I went through life thinking I had recovered but after coming out with my own story about three years ago I ran across a post for a retreat in California. It was over my daughters 18th birthday but something told me I still needed to go. With full support of my kids, I boarded a flight to San Diego to attend a Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence retreat that would change my life forever. I have been an active advocate for BTS ever since. I regained my confidence and discovered through them who I was meant to be. I have returned to college, accepted a job as a reporter for an online news publication and work as much as possible to bring awareness to this state. I teach classes to educate the high school and college students as well as ban together women locally to find strength in each other support one another as much as needed. It is a bit difficult to juggle it all, but I know that BTS and it's founder is behind me, holding me up, and encouraging me to continue to strive for all my goals and dreams. Without BTS I would never be where I am today.

2 Alice49

Client Served

Rating: 5

Break the silence against Domestic Violence has personally helped me to grow, heal, forgive and have an over all better understand of myself. Through the help of their women empowerment groups I learned to love myself again, to search deep within myself and truly understand and accept that what happened to me isn't my fault. The women's group has been like family. They are so supporting, caring, honest and loving. I never felt out of place or like I didn't belong. This was always my safe zone. BTS has helped me to have my voice again and to educate my family, friends and colleagues. We do the best we can with the knowledge that we have but BTS helps you to fully understand what Domestic Violence is, how to deal with it, how to heal and how to learn from it. Now I can teach my family and friends about the warning signs and give them thr correct resources. I've added two photos from the women empowering groups and what you can expect. The first one is of a vision board we did in DEC 2015. On it are my year goals and expectations. The vision board was a great way to really put all your goals for the year into one spot. They gave us two hand outs with specific sections such as love, career, self love, family etc. This was a re fun project to do. The second one is of a hand out of a work shop entitled "what's love got to do with it?" This group was about truly understand what love is vs what you thought love was when you were a child. Along with how this effected you as an adult. They gave you a hand out to take home with recommended books and resources to look at, if you wanted to learn more. They gave you great relationship advice and what a healthy relationship should be like. The last picture is of their yearly conference. Free lunch is included with great workshops, self defense classes, motivational speakers and raffle at the very end. Everything is absolutely FREE! Free women's groups and conferences.How much better can it get. All you have to do is show up. BTS is just amazing and very educational. They just want you to be the best possible you. Thank you BTS for everything you do, especially for helping me and every single person you've helped so far. I highly recommend this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence has made a big difference in my life, when I left my abuser, I was scared nervous depressed, I have learned so much about domestic violence from this site I learned it wasn't my fault,that I'm not alone, I shared my storu I read others story's I learned the psychology behind everything I had been through. I am so grateful for BTS

Kisha W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was in an abusive relationship for 3 years. It was pure torture, until I left. It wasn't easy but I did it. Although nearly cost me my life, many were there for me. Especially when I found this organization, & meeting the director Kristen. They have a way of making you feel empowered, loved, and secure. I can always get inspiration from them when I need it.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with BTS for 4 years. Break the Silence saved my family! This organization is like no others, it's family to everyone who wants to heal. I am finally able to share my story after all these years.Thank you!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a young pregant teenager who not only was physically and emotionally abused by my bf I started to figure out it wasn't the pyshicall abuse that hurt the most it was him slowly killing who I was my self esteem my will to live and be happy and healthy this organization and the women who have gone threw the same some even worse have given the support and help for me to allow myself to slowly put myself back together and be able to breathe in the fresh air and know I'm ok I made it I'm surviving

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, constantly helping those in the community and uniting volunteers, victims of domestic violence, and alliance members worldwide.

2 Rachel167

Client Served

Rating: 5

Break the Silence provides an excellent support system for domestic violence survivors. This organization focuses on empowerment and education, along with spreading awareness of this epidemic.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before I found BTS I felt a lone. I was in denial that I was ever in an abusive relationship. The daily posts helped me feel like I wasn't alone. Then I was able to travel from NH to California to attend the retreat. The retreat CHANGED my life. I found forgiveness. The missing piece. Since the retreat I also found my passion with BTS in helping survivors. Education is big. I didn't know the signs of domestic violence and I never thought it could happen to me! The retreat also helped me find the signs of an abusive friend. Break the Silence has helped put a positive spin in my life.