Our culture is desperate for health and healing in our relationships. Unfortunately, most of us were not taught how to properly build and navigate them; thus we are lost on how to connect, communicate and resolve conflicts.
With a combined effort of over 40 years of service and thousands served, our speakers have had the honor and privilege of educating men and women about the dangers of abuse worldwide in every setting from military installations to college conferences, our talented team can truly meet your event goals. Our presentations can also be customized to your events needs. Break the Silence against Domestic Violence gives you access to the industries best speakers.
Kristen Faith, Founder of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence & Domestic Violence Expert
“Eye opening, powerful, impactful, and groundbreaking” are a few words used to describe Kristen Faith.
After escaping an abusive relationship in college, Kristen used Facebook to break her silence to the world by sharing her restraining order online. Her vulnerability and life experience has inspired thousands on social media to break the silence against domestic violence.
Kristen has served as an expert advocate for numerous publications to include: Investigation Discovery, ESPN, NowThis, Glamour Magazine, PEOPLE.com, HuffPost, New York Post, and MIC to name a few. She has spoken nationally to educate college campuses, first responders, health care professionals, and social workers on the complete scope of domestic violence from a survivor’s perspective.
“If we can come together and collectively break our silence, it will inspire a chain of events that can ultimately end domestic violence.” – Kristen Faith
Terry Josiah Sharpe, Army Veteran, Activist & Former Abuser
Father, Combat Veteran, Philanthropist, and former abuser, TerryJosiah was introduced to Break the Silence against Domestic Violence in 2012 where he kick-started his journey for advocating against abuse.
He is currently one of the most sought after domestic violence educators in the country, sharing his story of overcoming abuse and being a former abuser. TerryJosiah uses past relationships and behaviors to educate on warning signs of abusive traits and encourages men to join the movement.
As a professional songwriter, TerryJosiah has produced inspirational content for over a decade and his songs have impacted hundred of thousands of lives internationally. He is widely recognized for the impactful songs Angels Will Soar & The Gratitude Anthem.
“Music is an integral part of my life and it’s necessary to understand its effect on our subconscious. It has the power to unite different people from various backgrounds, all at once.” – TerryJosiah
Audrey-May Prosper, International Speaker, Teacher, Advocate, and Empowerment Leader
In 2009, Audrey Prosper (Mabrey) almost lost her life after being sexually assaulted, brutally beaten with a hammer, and ultimately set on fire by her estranged husband and father of her two sons.
Since then Audrey made the decision to use her voice for good by speaking out and sharing the invaluable lessons she’s learned about how to thrive after violence and abuse.
Some of her solution-based presentations include: How to Rise and Thrive, The Power of Decision, Finding Your Identity & Purpose, Raising Men After Abuse, Root Causes of Violence, How to End Domestic Violence, and Forgiveness.
Her mission is simple – BE the change you wish to see.
Over the last 9 years Audrey’s story, perspective, and advocacy work has struck international television and media interests through outlets such as: Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, 48 Hours, I Survived, Who the Bleep did I Marry, Kiss of Death, Inside Edition, The Doctors, Your Worst Nightmare, Maury Povich, The New York Post, Daily News, The Washington Post, Radar Online, Blog Talk Radio, It Girl Magazine, and many others.
She also recently founded the women’s empowerment company, Your Thrive Tribe, where she educates women on how to thrive in all categories of their lives.
Audiences describe her as EMPOWERING, Authentic, Inspiring, Compassionate, Entertaining, a joy to be around, and a thought leader in her field.
Tara Woodlee, Family Grief Educator, Survivor of Domestic Violence, and President of the Board of Directors of BTSADV
“It was really hard and it’s like the worst thing a mother can ever think of ever happening to her child, that’s what we experienced,” Tara Woodlee said. In 2012 Tara Woodlee lost her 20-year-old daughter, Ashleigh Lindsey, and her unborn granddaughter to a brutal act of domestic violence. Tara Woodlee shares the raw truth about domestic violence and gives audiences the opportunity to learn about the impact abuse has on families. Tara, also a survivor, describes the journey from victim to survivor and then the impact her story made on her family.
Through the pain, Tara is working to raise awareness and help other mothers get help before it’s too late.
Doris Rivera-Black, Former Police Officer, Survivor of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Board Member of BTSADV
Doris Rivera-Black is an award winning activist and survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence who has chosen to take her tragic experience to help others. Doris has ten years of prior law enforcement experience from serving in a jail, patrol, parole and instructing at a law enforcement training academy.
After her experiences, she made it her personal mission to help educate the community on the issues of SA & DV, help advocate for victims and bring hope and healing to others. Her journey on speaking on these issues began when she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to share her story in 2007. Doris has since founded NEVER a Victim, a program where women are taught situational awareness, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault awareness and avoidance paired with simple self-defense techniques and has co-founded All Hope Restored, a faith-based domestic violence support group. Doris is also a National Survivor Impact Consultant with the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.
Doris is an avid public speaker who, because her impactful story of being an overcomer, has been often sought out by numerous media outlets such as Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast, and several organizations to include non-profits, for-profits and faith-based communities. Doris is the author of, Clothed in Strength, where she shares her story of experiences and how she overcame.
Devine Kelly, Spoken Word Artist & Educator
Devine Kelly is a lover of life. A positive, down to earth soul who keeps it real. After starting her healing journey, Devine broke her silence to the world and decided that this was going to be apart of her life purpose, to help individual’s alike. She found that studying domestic violence was not only a passion of hers but a way to wrap her brain around the abuse. She dedicated her senior year in college to advocating, raising awareness, thinking of programs for young girls, and studying DV. She actively advocates and speaks on college campuses to be a voice for those who have been silenced.
Devine is currently, a 25 year old, college graduate from California State University San Marcos, and has her degree in Human Development with a core in Counseling and plans on going to graduate school to study domestic violence and race. Being black, a single mother, and a domestic violence survivor is a whole new kind of beautiful and she wants to let others know how important it is to be aware, but also if you weren’t, that there is life and hope on the other side.
Giana Waller, Survivor, Resource Coach and Educator
Giana Waller is a survivor of domestic violence who shares her testimony of tragically losing her mother to domestic violence while away at UNLV. Her bright light and healing spirit inspire audiences to take a deeper look within themselves to not only survive, but to thrive. She places much emphasis on the importance of feeling connected to others within the community. This provides members with a support system, education, and resources. Domestic violence is a dangerous epidemic infiltrating our society, and the way to combat it is to talk about it, and spread the message that “Love doesn’t hurt.” Giana serves as the Holidays of Hope Coordinator at Break the Silence against Domestic Violence and is a Resource Coach with another non-profit organization. With a background in serving foster youth and developmentally challenged clients, Giana teaches about the infinite power of inclusion. Audiences admire her for her openness and vulnerability as she educates on the ways to prevent dangerous relationships, and heal from trauma for a better tomorrow.
Rozen, R&B/Soul Recording Artist and Survivor
Her career began after finally deciding to walk away from her 6th and final girl group to focus on herself as a solo artist. During this time, Rozen had also walked away from an abusive relationship. After some soul searching, the young R&B singer realized her purpose was to heal through music not just for herself but for others. Her journey as an anti-domestic violence advocate began upon the release of her two-part EP entitled “Pages”. The title of this six-song EP was inspired by the journal entries from the pages of her journal in which she wrote in frequently during that hard time. The soul songstress hopes to travel and continue spreading awareness through her music.
Nanette Chezum, Officer Involved Domestic Violence Educator, Activist, Thriving Survivor
In 2015, Nanette Chezum met a man and her life changed forever. A survivor of a verbally and psychologically abusive relationship with a law enforcement officer, Nanette’s passion is educating the public about domestic abuse via her personal story.
Nanette is an active public speaker educating about Officer Involved Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence 101, verbal and psychological abuse, and all types of abuse that fall under the umbrella of domestic abuse. Included in her work is educating about how abuse impacts communities and the early warning signals that manifest in a new relationship.
Additionally, she authors a Facebook community page, “The Courage Corner – Domestic Abuse Awareness”. She writes about tactics utilized by abusive personalities, self-care tips, unhealthy behavior, speaking up about domestic abuse and shaming and blaming tactics used by society and offenders.
Nanette is an active public speaker conducting conference workshops, round-table discussions and keynote addresses. She is a national resource about Officer Involved Domestic Violence. She volunteers with various domestic abuse organizations in the state of Colorado and on a national level.
John-Michael Lander, Athlete and Author
John-Michael Lander is creating a voice. Through writing, speaking, and consulting, he helps individuals and organizations identify the signs of grooming, manipulating, and stigmatizing of sexual abuse and how auto help survivors (of any type of abuse) face the past and find their true self.
John-Michael battled with finding his true self and authentic voice. As an elite athlete, he endured sexual abuse from coaches, benefactors, and medical team which resulted in years of PTDS, depression, anxiety, and even suicide attempts.
Today, John-Michael is passionate about helping people face the past and find their true self; educate parents, guardians, coaches, teachers, and officials how to spot and recognize the signs of abuse. He has found this passion also as an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International, a health and wellness company.
John-Michael represented the USA in international Springboard and Platform diving competitions. His entertainment experiences include performing on television on General Hospital, All My Children, and national commercials; the lead in the independent films All the Rage and Pilgrim; and originating many roles on New York stages. He taught high school English for seven years at the nationally recognized Stivers High School of the Arts in Dayton, Ohio.
John-Michael has authored three books and in under contract for one more. He publishing portfolio includes the following books: Surface Tension (2017), Spandau Ballet (2018), and Life’s a Beach (2018) all under Page Publishing.
John-Michael presented the speech “An Athlete’s Silence” at the TEDxDayton 2018 Convention. He has recorded several TV and radio interviews about abuse, spiritual journey, and finding his true self.
Ashley Cornelius, Poet and Activist
Ashley Cornelius is a performance poet in Colorado. She graduated with a master’s in International Disaster Psychology from DU. She focuses on providing creative therapy for adolescents through poetry therapy and is currently working as a therapist in Denver and lives in Colorado Springs. She has a background in poetry education and provides multiple workshops throughout Colorado Springs. Her poems reflect her personal struggles and journey as a young black woman navigating the changing world. She aims to inspire, empower, and tell a story of truth and depth. She has won four Hear Here Poetry Slams in Colorado Springs. She was the Women of the World Poetry Slam Colorado Springs Representative and competed in Dallas at Nationals in March 2018. She has been featured at Keep Colorado Springs Queer open mic, the Black Voices Matter Open Mic, the Colorado Springs Women’s March and events in Denver and Colorado Springs. Ashley is an organizer with Poetry 719 and has planned multiple community events in Colorado Springs included the Poetry 719 festival. Ashley was nominated for two 2018 Pikes Peak Art Council (PPAC) awards and won best recurring poetry event. She recently performed at the Women of Influence Award, the COS Womxn’s March, the MLK All People’s breakfast and march, as well as the Fannie Mae Legacy event. She has also been featured at Pikes Peak Community College. Ashley is committed to using poetry as a platform to speak up and out for marginalized groups and be a voice for those who have been silenced.
Gwendolen Dernbach, Veteran and Author
Gwendolen is a Certified Business Strategist, Consultant, honorably Retired United States Air Force (USAF) Veteran (21 Yrs) and the Published Author of,“It’s OK to Tell My Story, Surviving Common Law Domestic Violence” which discusses the relationship between childhood abandonment, domestic violence, sexual assault and workplace violence. The book offers definitions, actions plans, checklists and a wealth of valuable resources. Gwendolen is also the Co-Author with the National Workplace Bullying Coalition on the bookk,“Stand Up, Speak Out Against Workplace Bullying, Your Guide to Survival and Victory Through 23 Real Life Testimonies.”That book includes true stories about extraordinary experiences with workplace bullying and how bullying targets navigated through it and ultimately overcame it. The books goal is to help other bullying targets discover tools and principles they can use in their own life. Gwendolen bridges the gap between abuse and business by providing signature coaching in abuse, self awareness and entrepreneurship.
Jennifer Gardiner, Journalist
“He shattered every bone in my face and now I have metal plates in my face.”
Fueling her desire to educate others, Jennifer Gardiner decided to go public with her story in 2013. Jenn’s determination stemmed from two abusive marriages, one that ended after a brutal assault by her ex-husband left her with a shattered nose, multiple broken bones in her face and permanent strangulation nerve damage in her neck. Jenn’s message continues to inspire thousands of victims and survivors worldwide to find the courage to speak out and understand they are not alone. She educates audiences about the devastating and deadly effects of strangulation. Her strength has been recognized nationally on Huffington Post and locally on ABC4, FOX13, KSL5 and Deseret News. After speaking at the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition’s 2015 annual conference, Jenn turned her concentration on public speaking in an effort to educate others on intimate partner abuse, the affects domestic violence has on children and how to survive after leaving abuse. Jenn obtained her degree in criminal justice in 2017 and now works for the ABC television news station in Salt Lake City and as a journalist she hopes to continue to help change the way domestic violence stories are presented to the public by the media.
Tara Loo, Domestic Violence Advocate
Tara made it her life’s purpose to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault after she almost lost her life by the hands of her boyfriend. Tara’s abuser was a “best-friend” from high school, one that she reconnected with fourteen years after graduating. Within six short months after beginning their relationship, he brutally attacked her – nearly taking her life. Unbeknownst to her, Tara soon learned that he had a long history of abusive behavior, going back to when they were in high school together. After learning this it became especially important to her to stop abuse at an early age and made it a mission to speak to teenagers about the dangers of teen dating violence, and sexual assault and how to recognize the signs of abuse, as well as the importance of healthy boundaries and relationships. She has spoken at high schools and colleges throughout Colorado, has led group victim advocacy trainings, presented at multiple domestic violence conferences, and facilitated adult and teen psycho-educational domestic violence empowerment groups. Tara has been a guest on the Dr. Phil show, has been featured numerous times on multiple news channels about her experience with domestic violence and sexual assault, and has had articles written about her experience in local newspapers, The Gazette and The Independent. She was employed as a confidential victim’s advocate. Tara’s story is featured in a coffee table book titled “Survivor’s Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence.” Tara’s passion for speaking out and putting an end to domestic violence has been passed on to her two teenagers daughters who often advocate with her to help raise awareness and to put an end to domestic violence.
Request a copy of the Return of Social Change
The Return of Social Change is an impactful way to teach your audience about the harsh realities of domestic violence. The 45 minute traveling documentary captures 11 powerful stories of women who were traumatically affected by abuse. This film has been showcased at many academic institutions, workplaces, community events, and households across the country. Available by donation. 100% of the proceeds raised will support our education efforts and provide survivors with financial stability. Here is a preview:
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