BTS is a unique, multi-faceted, non-profit organization. Our mission is to empower victims and survivors of domestic violence, so that they can be free to tell their stories, overcome their fears, and go on to live healthy and fulfilled lives.
Each member of our leadership team is a domestic violence survivor, which means that we have greater opportunity to reach into the world of victims and survivors. Plus, our services fill needs that are not addressed by other human service agencies and non-profits. And our audience is growing and becoming more diverse each day!
Faith– Believing in the possibility of a world without domestic violence
Unity– Creating harmony among humanity
Transformative– Changing the condition of our current culture
Unique– Taking an innovative approach in all we do
Resilient-Springing forward despite facing adversity
Empower– Embracing your abilities within
Meet Kristen Faith, the Founder.
Break the Silence against Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization founded by survivor, advocate, educator, and Millennial social changer, Kristen Paruginog.
Upon embarking on a personal journey from victim to survivor, Kristen courageously shared her restraining order on social media in hopes to inspire others living in silence to break their silence. The outpour from men and women was inspiring and sparked her burning desire “do more.”
Her passion grew even deeper when she began connecting with the families of angels who have lost their lives at the hands of their abusers. Brandi Kubos was 22-years old when her abusive boyfriend shot and killed her. This story personally evoked a greater passion to carry on the legacy of women nationwide who have been tragically affected by domestic violence. In addition, Kristen began investing in the lives of young incarcerated women in the Juvenile Detention Facilities because of the remarkable impact her involvement has made on the lives of the inmates.
The programs that have since been developed have a direct connection to the abuse Kristen endured. During the course of her abusive relationship Kristen was uneducated about domestic violence; thus educational programs like our new Guide to Healthy Relationships Program and direct educational presentations encompassing real life stories were developed. She was also unaware of the local resources in her community; thus the Advocate Hotline was developed to connect victims to local resources. After escaping her abuser it was vital for her to embark on her journey to healing; thus the Women’s Revitalization Retreat and Women Empowerment Groups began. She also endured a tremendous amount of financial abuse which is why the Grants Of Hope Financial Empowerment Program was developed.
All of these programs have heavily assisted in the transformation of so many victims and survivors lives. However, as an organization we continue to set ourselves apart through our many innovative awareness campaigns such as the 100 Reasons Why I Stayed Campaign, the Survivor Ink (Tattoo) Campaign, the Blow the Whistle Challenge, F*ck DV and many more.
Kristen is a beacon of hope for many, especially those who have been impacted by teen dating violence and domestic violence. Her fresh spirit engages women and teens to be a part of the revolution of social change.