Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence

Every year, 1,510,455 women and 834,732 men are victims of physical violence by someone they know. This means that every 37.8 seconds, somewhere in America a man is battered. Every 9 seconds, somewhere in America a woman is battered. Six children in every classroom witness domestic violence and four of these six children are direct victims of abuse and/or neglect. It is likely that you know someone, or are someone who is in an abusive relationship. The only way we can end domestic violence is to speak out!

Our mission is to educate communities on the dangers of domestic violence, connect victims and survivors, and assist in the transformation of lives of victims of domestic violence, by providing a personal development retreat, educational programs, and an advocate hotline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

  • For the first two years after losing my daughter Brandi to domestic violence I stumbled, crawled and literally staggered in the darkness. The anger that I felt towards the same God that I had spent a life time worshiping was confusing. I as a mother found myself angry at the WORLD, depressed to the point of suicide.

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  • My world was turned upside down in 2009 when my now ex-husband became more and more physically and emotionally abusive towards me and my two children. My breaking point came when he physically attacked me unprovoked, pulling me by my hair, choking me, punching me with closed fists in the face, head and stomach, kicking me multiple times, hitting me with his shoes and jumping on my chest.

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  • I came across the BTS page when I was still very early in my journey last year. I have a Facebook page called "Support Melissa" and this page was created for my friends to all known updates about my condition at once. My older sister created it after I had been stabbed 32 times by my abusive ex boyfriend I had broken up with 3 months prior. Kristen messaged me one day on my page telling be about BTS.

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  • I met my ex-husband in early February 2011. Like many abusers, in the beginning he was very sweet and attentive, constantly showering me with compliments and gifts. After only a few months of being together, this changed drastically. I was no longer allowed to spend time with my family or friends. I was afraid to speak without prior approval and I wasn’t allowed to be away from him without constant questions and accusations as to what I was doing and who I was with.

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  • I use to be ashamed that I was in an abusive relationship. Felt like I was stupid enough to stay in that type of environment so i must of deserved it. I was in an abusive relationship for 5 years. And brung 2 children into it. I never had the guts to let anyone know what was going on. I'd make excuses for why I had bruises. "Oh my 2-year old threw a toy at my face and broke my nose." Since becoming a part of BTS I'm more open about it. And I try helping others get out of abusive relationships. I feel like I can now openly talk about being abused and not feel ashamed. Bts has shown me that im not alone. That I didnt deserve what I went through and gave me a place to feel accepted.

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  • Kim KThe BTS team is an amazing group of people who are there to help us through all the trials and tribulations of DV. The retreat was an exhilarating experience that left me not only feeling loved, inspired, uplifted and rejuvenated, but I also gained life-long friends. We laughed, we cried and found out we are not alone. The journey gave me a peace of mind I had been seeking. (Kim K. – Dublin, Georgia)

  • I fell victim to my ex-boyfriend of almost 2 years last year. He got physical with me for a week straight after months of controlling me and fights that led to us breaking up. He has a lengthy criminal past so I knew he was bad news from the beginning.

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  • All the way from Brazil, let me say this: I AM VERY PROUD OF THE WORK YOU DO. A lot of people choose to talk about amusing things on Facebook and get together a legion of millions of fans. Not a lot of people want to show their faces to talk about such a heavy subject. The work you do is really extraordinarily brave! Congratulations and God bless you!  
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  • “BTS has empowered me and given me hope! Thank you Kristen for giving me hope” (Phoenix, Arizona)

  • “I think your page and what you do is absolutely wonderful, I just saw this page today because my friend Michel David's mother posted on your page and it showed up on my feed.

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  • “More than you know. You gave me courage and strength to stand up for myself and not take it any more. Thank you so much!” 

  • “I don't feel so alone anymore or like it's me and my fault.......THANK YOU” 

  • “You are doing such important work. Fantastic!”

  • “I'm happy to be a part of the movement!! It’s like a big family!”

  • “Glad to be part of a wonderful organization that addressing domestic violence with truth and awareness, for making a difference in educating the public. I am 13 years abuse free, advocating for the abused, obtaining my BA in Criminal Justice, sharing my story publicly and was part of one of Kristen's videos...”